Will improve water quality and provide a more reliable supply of water

Irish Water, working in partnership with Wexford County Council, is replacing ageing “backyard” water mains and providing new service connections for customers in Wexford Town. This will improve water quality and provide the community with a more reliable supply of water as well as reduce the high levels of leakage.

In some older properties in Wexford town, water connections, typically made of iron or lead, were installed to the rear of properties and are often referred to as “backyard” service connections.

Mark O’Duffy, Leakage Reduction Programme Regional Lead

“The condition of these backyard services has deteriorated over the years which has resulted in increased bursts and leaks, and reduced water pressure for some householders.”

Decommissioning 8km of old cast iron backyard water mains

The works involve decommissioning of approximately 8 kilometres of old cast iron backyard water mains. New water mains will be constructed along the public road and new service connections will be installed from the new water main to each customer’s property. These works are being carried out by GMC Utilities Group Ltd. in partnership with Wexford County Council on our behalf. Surveying and site investigation for these network improvement works are currently taking place.

Mark O’Duffy added: “We will issue further details and updates with timelines prior to the commencement of construction in each area.”

Areas to benefit from new water mains

The streets where the improvement works involve the construction of new water mains are: Bernadette Place, Bishopswater, Casa Rio, Corish Park, Maudlinstown, Joseph Street, Spawell Road, Wygram Place, Mannix Place, The Faythe and Saint John’s Avenue.

The project also involves decommissioning of further old backyard cast iron and lead connections in adjoining areas. New service connections will be installed from the existing water mains along the public road to each customer’s property. There is no requirement to construct new water mains along the public road in these communities.

The communities to benefit from these improvement works are: Barrack Street, Clifford Street, Distillery Road, Fishers Row,  Francis Street,  Glena Terrace, Grogans Road,  Carrigreen Street, High Street, Hill Street, John Street, King Street, Mary Street,  Michael Street,  Kevin Barry Street, Swan View, Parnell Street, Rowe Street Lower, Saint Aidan’s Crescent,  Saint Enda’s Terrace, Newtown Road,  Saint Ibar’s Villas  Belvedere Road, Saint Ibar’s Villas Newtown Road,  The Faythe Upper, Trinity Street and William Street.

Information evenings will be organised

Customers to benefit from these improvements will be contacted directly by GMC Utilities Group Ltd. to assess their current water connection arrangement and discuss the best way to connect the new service. As works progress, information evenings will be organised for residents to come and meet members of the project team directly and raise any queries they may have about the proposed works.

Possible short-term water shut offs

The works may involve some short-term water shut offs and the project team will ensure that customers are given a minimum of 48 hours notice prior to any planned water shut offs. Where water mains are being constructed traffic management may be in place during this time. Local and emergency traffic will be maintained at all times.

“We would like to thank local residents for their ongoing cooperation as we work together to deliver these improvements for Wexford. We will continue to work with the community to minimise disruption. Customers can phone Irish Water on Callsave 1850 278 278 if they have any further questions about the project,” added Mark O’Duffy.


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