Water saving projects completed in Tibohine and Willsbrook

08 December 2021

Work has given homes and businesses a more reliable supply by helping to prevent bursts and outages

As the year draws to a close, Irish Water is proud to have recently completed water saving projects in Tibohine and Willsbrook in Co Roscommon.

By replacing ageing water mains in both areas, Irish Water has not only put a stop to clean water being lost underground but has given homes and businesses a more reliable supply by helping to prevent bursts and outages.

In Tibohine, almost 5km of water mains, stretching from the Lung River to well known local landmark Michael Cooney & Sons Homevalue store, were replaced.

At Willsbrook, 390m of old pipes along the N60, between Castlerea and Ballymoe, were taken out and modern pipes laid.

All lead service connections on the public roadway were also replaced as part of the works. 

Irish Water worked in partnership with Roscommon County Council on both projects.

Outlining the benefits of the works, Declan Cawley, Regional Lead with Irish Water, said: “These essential works in both villages have strengthened and reinforced the water network in Co Roscommon. There was an immediate impact for customers.

“Not only did we save water and improve the reliability of the supply, but we have improved water quality and created operational efficiencies on the network.”

Irish Water thanks the communities of Tibohine and Willsbrook for their patience during the essential works.

“We understand this type of work can be inconvenient and we appreciate the support we received while we completed these important projects,” said Declan.

These two Roscommon projects were part of our National Leakage Reduction Programme. By the end of 2021 we will have invested €500m in reducing the level of leakage across the country by fixing and replacing old and damaged water mains. This work will ensure a safe, reliable water supply which is vital for our health, our environment and our growing population and economy.

The completion of the leakage reduction projects is more good news for Roscommon after the official sod was turned on the Roscommon Town Main Drainage Scheme on Monday, 29 November. The €20m upgrade of the county town’s wastewater network will allow for further growth by supporting housing and commercial development.

Irish Water is responsible for the delivery of all public water and wastewater services in Ireland. We are committed to continuously upgrading and developing critical infrastructure to support the growth needed in housing and across our economy, while protecting the environment and safeguarding water supplies.