15 September 2020 Go back to News
Works underway in Athlone to improve the water supply and reduce leakage
Works are part of the national Leakage Reduction Programme
Irish Water, working in partnership with Westmeath County Council, is progressing with water main improvement works in Bullet Road, Athlone, to improve the security of supply and reduce high levels of leakage.
About the work
The works, which began in early September, involve the replacement of almost 500m of old and problematic water mains that were prone to frequent bursts and leakage which caused water supply disruptions for customers in the area. The mains are being replaced with new high density, polyethylene (plastic) pipes.
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 this improvement work.
Leakage Reduction Programme
Speaking about the project, Irish Water’s national Leakage Reduction Programme Regional Lead, Matthew Thompson said “The works may involve some short-term water shut-offs and traffic management measures which we understand may cause inconvenience. The project team will ensure that customers are given a minimum of 48 hours’ notice prior to any planned water shut-offs.”
To facilitate the safe delivery of these works, some traffic management will be in place, however, local and emergency access will be maintained at all times. Irish Water and Westmeath County Council regret any inconvenience these improvement works may cause. The works are being carried out on behalf of Irish Water by GMC Utilities and are expected to be completed by October 2020.
This project is one example of how Irish Water is working in partnership with Westmeath County Council to reduce leaks every day. Fixing leaks can be complicated with over 63,000km of water pipe in Ireland. These works are being carried out as part of Irish Water’s national Leakage Reduction Programme which will see €500 million invested up to the end of 2021 to reduce the level of leakage across the country by fixing and replacing ageing water mains. This will ensure a safe, reliable water supply which is vital for our health, our environment and our growing population and economy. For more information, please visit www.water.ie/reducingleaks.
Our customer care helpline is open 24/7 on 1850 278 278 and customers can also contact us on Twitter @IWCare with any queries. For updates please visit our Water Supply Updates section.
Irish Water 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. Irish Water would like to remind people to follow the HSE COVID-19 advice and ensure frequent handwashing.