Works continue to drive down leakage across Offaly with upgrades on the horizon for Fahy

21 November 2022

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

Irish Water, in partnership with Offaly County Council, is replacing old  water mains in Fahy to provide a more reliable water supply and reduce high levels of leakage. The works are being carried out as part of Irish Water’s National Leakage Reduction Programme.

The project involves the replacement of almost 800 metres of aged, problematic water mains along the R400 from Fahy to Rhode Village. These old mains, which are prone to frequent bursts and leakage which is impacting customers’ supplies, will be replaced with modern pipes, ensuring a more reliable supply of water to homes and businesses. The project will significantly reduce the amount of clean drinking water lost into the ground.

Highlighting the importance of these upgrades, Joe Carroll, Leakage Reduction Programme Regional Lead with Irish Water, said, “We are delighted to announce this major investment for Fahy. Replacing these old and damaged pipes is a first step in tackling water pressure and leakage issues which have been affecting homes and businesses. The works will not only reduce the amount of drinking water lost to leakage, but it will also deliver a much more reliable supply for generations to come.

To minimise the impact on the local community, we are delivering these works on a phased basis with areas of work limited to short sections.

On behalf of Irish Water, I would like thank the local community in advance for their patience and cooperation as traffic management will be necessary as the project progresses. However, based on previous experiences, we know that the short-term inconvenience will be overshadowed by the long-term benefits.

The works also involve laying new water service connections from the public water main in the road to customers’ property boundaries and connecting it to each customer’s 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. 

The project, which is being delivered on behalf of Irish Water by Ward & Burke Construction, is due to begin this week and expected to be completed within 10 weeks.

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 the National Leakage Reduction Programme section of the website.

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 please visit the Water Supply 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.