Works to drive down leakage and improve the water supply in Bray Hill, Trim

13 March 2023

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

Working in partnership with Meath County Council, Uisce Éireann is upgrading the watermain along the Mill Lane, Watergate Street, Loman Street, Sarsfield Avenue and Church Lane in Trim. Approximately 430 meters of old and problematic pipes will be replaced, representing a significant step and investment in reducing disruption from bursts and outages which have been affecting homes and businesses in Trim.

The works 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.

The works are being delivered as part of Uisce Éireann’s National Leakage Reduction Programme which will deliver significant benefits to the local community including a more secure water supply and considerable water savings. The programme adopts a strategic and targeted approach to improving the water network across Ireland, through the delivery of a number of leakage reduction work streams, prioritising investment where it is needed most, and providing proactive solutions to local water supply issues.

Highlighting the importance of this upgrade and others in the area, Matt Thomson, Leakage Reduction Programme Regional Lead at Uisce Éireann, said, “We are delighted to be making significant progress with essential upgrades for Trim. We have recently completed works on Bridge Street and Market Street. The complexity of these works in urban areas and the nature of the underground network while posing challenges at times, has been overcome and we are looking forward to completing another essential project for the people of Trim.”

Matt added, “On behalf of Uisce Éireann, I would like to thank the local community in Trim for their on-going patience and cooperation. Based on previous experiences, we know that the short-term inconvenience will be overshadowed by the long-term benefits.

Temporary traffic management, operated by personnel, will be in place along Mill Lane, Watergate Street, Sarsfield Avenue and Church Lane for the duration of the works. Local and emergency traffic will always be maintained.

The works will be carried out on behalf of Uisce Éireann by GMC Utilities Ltd. and are expected 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.

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.