Work continues to reduce Limerick’s leakage by replacing over 6km of old water mains

23 January 2023

Securing the water supply in Limerick remains a top priority for Uisce Éireann as the intensive campaign continues to drive down leakage across the county and improve the water supply to homes and businesses.

Working with Limerick City & County Council, Uisce Éireann has prioritised the replacement of 6.2km of damaged water mains in the Dromcollogher-Broadford area. Over 2km of new watermains has already been installed since the project began in November 2022. 

Replacing these old, damaged pipes with new, modern pipework will greatly reduce the instances of bursts, outages, and low-pressure affecting customers in the area. These works will also deliver cost savings by providing improved water network operations that will require less maintenance into the future. 

This significant investment for Limerick is being delivered as part of Uisce Éireann’s national Leakage Reduction Programme which continues to deliver significant benefits to communities across Ireland, including improved water quality, a more secure water supply and considerable water savings.

Highlighting the importance of these upgrades, Gerry O’Donnell, Leakage Reduction Programme Regional Lead with Uisce Éireann said: “Replacing these old and damaged pipes is a first step in tackling low water pressure, bursts, and leakage issues which have been affecting homes and businesses in Dromcollogher-Broadford. The new pipes will not only reduce the number of water interruptions but will provide security of supply for generations of local people."

On behalf of Uisce Éireann, I would like thank the local community for their patience and cooperation as this project continues to progress. Based on previous experiences, we know that the short-term inconvenience will be overshadowed by the long-term benefits,” he said.

The works along the R515 are being carried out by Shareridge Utilities Ltd in partnership with Limerick City & County Council on behalf of Uisce Éireann and are due to be completed by April 2023.

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 Supply and Service Updates section of the Uisce Éireann 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.