We're working in partnership with Galway City and County Councils

Irish Water, working in partnership with Galway City and County Councils are replacing 2.6 kilometres of problematic water main on the Tuam Road, Galway to safeguard the water supply for local businesses and homes.

About the works

The programme of works will see the replacement of 1km of water main on the Tuam Road from the Polkeen Industrial Estate to Cappanabornia, and a further 1.6km between the Bóthar na Mine exit and the City North Business Park.   

The works at Polkeen Industrial Estate will commence on June 24 2019 and are programmed to be completed in August. The works at the Bóthar na Mine exit are due to commence in autumn and are scheduled to  take three months.  These works are being carried out as part of Irish Water’s National Leakage Reduction Programme.

The works will also involve laying new water service connections from the public water main in the road to customers’ property boundaries, and connecting it to the customer’s water supply. Where the existing service connections on the public side are lead these will be replaced as part of these improvement works. The works may involve some short-term water shut offs and the project team will ensure that customers are given a minimum of 48 hours notice prior to any planned water shut offs.

Traffic management

To facilitate the safe delivery of these works there will be traffic management. This will be  set up mainly in the hard shoulder where the works will be carried out in short sections. These areas will be limited to minimise impact on customers. Traffic lights and lane closure will be required for short periods to facilitate some road crossings along the route. Local and emergency traffic will be maintained at all times.

“Businesses, families and commuters will have seen or felt the impact of the high number of water main bursts on the Tuam road. Irish Water is in the process of rectifying this significant problem. Replacing the old, damaged pipes will improve water quality and ensure a more reliable water supply for affected customers. These improvements to the water network are essential in providing a safe, secure and reliable water supply for now, and into the future,” said Dave Murphy, Leakage Reduction Programme Regional Lead, Irish Water. 

Residents and businesses to benefit from the planned improvements have been notified directly.


Customers can phone Irish Water on Callsave 1850 278 278 if they have any further questions about the project.

Details of any supply interruptions associated to this project will be updated regularly on our Supply and Service Updates page.



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