Limerick Water Main Replacement - Hospital
Irish Water, in partnership with Limerick City and County Council, is replacing ageing water mains and constructing a new section of rising main in Hospital to improve security of supply, improve water quality and reduce high levels of leakage
This project involves the replacement of approximately 1900 metres of old cast iron water mains and installation of 950 metres of new rising mains with high density polyethylene (plastic) pipes. These works are being carried out as part of Irish Water’s national Leakage Reduction Programme
The section of works will take place along the R513 Main Street and R516 Knockainey Road. The proposed works will impact a ‘zone of archaeological potential’ and all groundworks are subject to full time archaeological monitoring under ministerial consent. The programme to replace ageing water mains in Hospital which has recently commenced are expected to be completed by the end of September.
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. 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 carried out on behalf of Irish Water by Shareridge Ltd.
A reliable water supply
- Replacing the ageing water mains and service connections and will reduce the instances of bursts and water outages on Patricks Street and Chapel Avenue and will ensure a reliable supply of water to customers and local businesses in the area
Improved water quality
- Removing existing old cast iron and lead from the public water network and replacing them with new pipes will reduce the risk of contamination
- Replacing the old water mains and service connections will eliminate existing leaks and reduce the amount of clean drinking water lost into the ground
Improved operation and maintenance
- These works will deliver cost savings by providing improved water network operation that will require less maintenance in the future