Addressing leakage issues in Athlone is reducing frequency of water restrictions for businesses and residents in the town

Irish Water today announced it is now saving 250,000 litres of water every day in Athlone as a result of works carried out as part of our National Leakage Reduction Programme. The saving has enabled us to increase the level of stored treated water at the reservoirs which has allowed essential maintenance works to be carried out at the Water Treatment Plant. This work has supported a reduction in frequency of water restrictions being put in place in the town in the first quarter of 2019.

Works have been completed in some areas

In February 2018 we commenced a programme of works in Athlone, supported by Westmeath County Council, to reduce leakage in the network, provide a more reliable water supply for customers and improve water quality by replacing shared backyard services and lead connections. Works are on-going and already works have been completed in areas including Assumption Road, Coosan Point Road, Beech Park West, Ardilaun, Beechpark and Auburn Villas.

By focusing on the areas in the town with the highest levels of leakage and replacing backyard shared services, which are typically old pipes, prone to high levels of leakage, we have made significant savings helping to improve security of water supply for the town.

Ongoing works

These works are ongoing and we have now engaged with residents in other areas of Athlone including Arcadia, Battery Heights, John Mitchell Terrace, Saint Annes Terrace, St. Ruth’s Park, St. Asicus Villas, St. Columba’s Terrace, St. Joseph’s Villas and Rosemount Terrace where similar ongoing works will ensure improved security of water supply for the local community and further water savings for the town. All of these leakage savings are helping to address the water supply challenges that exist in Athlone.

Grainne Carey, Communications Lead on the Leakage Reduction Programme

‘Addressing the issue of leakage in Athlone and across Co. Westmeath is a priority for Irish Water. It is great that we are seeing a positive impact of this work for residents and business owners in Athlone with a marked reduction in the frequency of water restrictions being implemented.'

'Irish Water wishes to thank all the residents in Athlone who have engaged with us on this project to date and we thank the local community for their continuing patience as we continue to address the water issues in Athlone.’

More information

Please visit our Leakage Reduction Programme page for more.


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