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Works progress to improve Lismore water supply

Uisce Éireann, working in partnership with Waterford City and County Council, is replacing problematic water mains in Ballymartin North, Lismore, County Waterford to improve security of supply, reduce high levels of leakage and improve water quality.

The works involve the replacement of approximately 1.75 kilometres of problematic water mains with polyethylene (plastic) pipes, with crews sceduled to commenence at Ballymartin North on 19 April 2021. The works are being carried out as part of Uisce Éireann's National Leakage Reduction Programme and will signficantly improve the water supply in the area.

Speaking about the works, Joe Carroll, Uisce Éireann's Networks Programme Regional Lead said; "As well as replacing the problematic mains itself, the works will involve laying new water service connections from the public water main in the road to customers' property boundaries and connecting it to the customers' water supply. Where the existing service connections on the public side are lead these will be replaced as part of this improvement work. We are delighted to be able to carry out this work so that the homes and businesses of Ballymartin North, Lismore can enjoy a safer and more reliable water supply."

The benefits of the works will include a more reliable supply as the replacement of water mains and service connections will reduce the instances of bursts and water outages. It will also improve on leakage,reducing the amount of clean drinking water lost into the ground. In addition, it will deliver an improved operation and maintenance delivering cost savings by providing improved water network operation that will require less maintenance in the future.

Uisce Éireann is working at this time, with our Local Authority partners, contractors and others to safeguard the health and well-being of both staff and the public and to ensure the continuity of critical drinking water and wastewater services. Uisce Éireann would like to remind people to follow the HSE COVID-19 advice and ensure frequent handwashing.

Uisce Éireann is working proactively with our delivery partners and as part of a multi-agency working group to ensure that our construction works are carried out in a controlled and safe manner, in keeping with Government and HSE guidelines to protect workers, their families and the broader community.

For updates, visit the Supply and Service Updates section of our website. Uisce Éireann and Waterford City and County Council regrets any inconvenience caused. Our customer care helpline is open 24/7 on 1800 278 278 and customers can also contact us on Twitter @IWCare with any queries.

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