Works to upgrade the water supply in Tallanstown due to get underway

13 January 2022

Homes and businesses in Tallanstown, Co. Louth can look forward to a more reliable water supply with upgrade works due to get underway in the coming days.

Irish Water, working in partnership with Louth County Council, is replacing 1.5km of old, cast iron water mains along the R171, Louth Hall and R166, that were prone to frequent bursts and leakage, disrupting the water supply for customers.

The old mains will be replaced with new, modern pipes to provide a safer, more reliable water supply for the area while also improving water quality for customers. 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 customers’ water supply.

To facilitate the safe delivery of these works and to minimise disruption to the local community, works will be completed in short sections. Traffic management will be in place and local and emergency access will be maintained. Irish Water and Louth County Council will make every effort to maintain normal supply to properties throughout the works, however, some short-term water interruptions may be necessary. The project team will ensure that customers are given a minimum of 48 hours’ notice prior to any planned interruptions.

Speaking about the works, Matt Thomson, Irish Water’s Regional Lead, commented, “We are delighted to be progressing with these vital upgrades for the local community in Tallanstown. The new water mains will reduce high levels of leakage and ensure a more secure water supply to homes and businesses.

Acknowledging the local community, Matt added: “We understand this type of work can be inconvenient and we will ensure our crews make every effort to minimise any disruption these upgrade works might cause.

We would like to thank the people of Tallanstown in advance for their patience and cooperation while we work to completed these upgrades as quickly as possible and improve their water quality and supply.

The works will be carried out on behalf of Irish Water by GMC Utilities Ltd and are expected to be completed by the end of March 2022. Irish Water and Louth County Council regret any inconvenience these essential upgrades may cause.

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 Supply and Service Updates section of our website.

These works are an example of how Irish Water is working in partnership with Louth County Council to reduce leaks every day. Fixing leaks can be complicated with over 63,000km of water pipe in Ireland. Most leaks aren’t visible, resulting in precious water being lost but we are making progress. In 2018 the rate of leakage nationally was 46%, and by the end of 2021 it was reduced to 38%.

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.