Water supply upgrade project in Barndarrig progressing ahead of schedule

02 February 2022

Irish Water continues to work in partnership with Wicklow County Council to deliver a significant upgrade to the water supply for customers in Barndarrig. The project, which began in November 2021, involves the construction of over 3km of new water mains and ancillary works linking Barndarrig to Redcross Water Treatment Plant, replacing the local water supply and providing the community of Barndarrig with a safer and more secure water supply.

The project is progressing ahead of schedule with over 80% of the completed works already reinstated. Irish Water is delighted to confirm that following the successful delivery and efficiency of these works, the project completion date has been brought forward to 15 March 2022.

To minimise the impact on the local community, the project is being carried out in phases. Directional drilling is currently in progress under the bridge crossing, just outside the village of Redcross, with both water main and pumped sewer installation works constructed concurrently along the same route.

Joe Carroll, Water Network Programme Lead with Irish Water, said: “Irish Water is undertaking this important project to provide a safer and more secure water supply for the community of Barndarrig. Works are progressing quickly and ahead of schedule and involve the construction and commissioning of over 3km of new water mains linking Barndarrig to Redcross Water Treatment Plant.

Over 50% of the new pipeline has already been installed and we are progressing quickly through the final phase of the project. We would like to thank Ward and Burke for their hard work and also the local community for their patience while we work to complete this vital project.

To ensure the safety of crews and commuters, the R754 road between Redcross and Barndarrig will remain closed until 15 March, however, local and emergency access continues to be maintained at all times. Route diversions have been communicated locally. Irish Water and Wicklow County Council regret the inconvenience these necessary works may cause.

Irish Water and Wicklow County Council continue to make every effort to maintain normal supply to customers. Some temporary water interruptions may be necessary, however, the project team will ensure that customers are given a minimum of 48 hours’ notice prior to any planned interruptions. Standard working hours are between 8am and 6pm, with no work anticipated on Sundays or public holidays. Irish Water would like to thank our contractors Ward and Burke who are carrying out these works on our behalf for their speed and high standard of work on this project.

Also, in conjunction with this project, Irish Water is upgrading the wastewater network which involves the construction of almost 2.5km of new sewer pipeline from Barndarrig to Redcross. A sewer network that is fit for purpose is essential in order to support business and social development in the community. These works will support future growth and development while also improving the overall performance of the sewer network, helping to safeguard the environment.

The Irish Water customer care helpline is open 24/7 on 1800 278 278 and customers can also contact us on Twitter @IWCare with any queries. For updates on local water supply issues, please visit the Supply and Service Updates section of our website. 

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.