Water supply upgrades on the way for Stepaside
24 March 2023
Securing the water supply across Dublin remains a top priority for Uisce Éireann as the intensive campaign continues to drive down leakage and improve the water supply to homes and businesses. These projects continue to be delivered as part of Uisce Éireann ’s national Leakage Reduction Programme which is delivering a more secure and reliable water supply to communities right across Ireland.
Uisce Éireann in partnership with Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council, is upgrading the water supply in Belarmine, Stepaside to provide a more reliable water supply, reduce high levels of leakage and improve water quality. The works, which are scheduled to begin on Monday 27 March involve the replacement of nearly 350m of old, cast-iron water mains on Kilgobin Road. Ageing pipes can, over time, significantly impact water quality, leakage levels, and pressure. Replacing these old, damaged pipes will greatly reduce the high levels of leakage, interruptions, and low-pressure affecting customers.
Highlighting the importance of these upgrades, Matt Thomson, Leakage Reduction Programme Manager with Uisce Éireann said, “We are looking forward to starting these works to improve the local water supply in Belarmine. The works will not only reduce the amount of drinking water lost to leakage but will also provide a much more reliable water supply and improved water quality for generations to come.
Matt added: “As part of the project, new water service connections will be installed from the public water main in the road to customers’ property boundaries, and connecting into the customers’ water supply. The works may involve some short-term supply interruptions which we understand may cause inconvenience, however, the project team will ensure that customers are given a minimum of 48 hours’ notice prior to any planned water interruptions.”
GMC Utilities Group Ltd will carry out the project on behalf of Uisce Éireann and expect to complete it by the end of May.
Fixing leaks can be complicated but we are making progress. In 2018 the rate of leakage nationally was 46%, by the end of 2021 it was reduced to 38%. We are on track to achieve a national leakage rate of 25% by the end of 2030. For more information, please visit our National Leakage Reduction Programme page.
The Uisce Éireann 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 please visit the Water Supply Updates section of our website.
Uisce Éireann 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.