Arklow Water Main Replacement
National Leakage Reduction Programme
Irish Water, in partnership with Wicklow County Council, is replacing ageing water mains in Arklow, Co Wicklow to improve security of supply, improve water quality and reduce high levels of leakage.
The works involve the replacement of approximately 2.7 kilometres of aged cast iron water mains with high density polyethylene (plastic) pipes. The programme in Sea Road, Arklow is scheduled to commence in January 2019. These works are being carried out as part of Irish Water’s national Leakage Reduction Programme.
The section of works will take place along Sea Road (R750) in Arklow, from the junction with Ferrybank to the Cluain Árd junction.
The communities to benefit from these improvement works are:
- Sea Road
- Beresford Terrace
- Wicklow Terrace
- Worsborough Terrace
- Seaview Avenue
- Clogg Lane
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 will be carried out on behalf of Irish Water by Ward & Burke Construction Ltd and are expected to be completed by June 2019.
A Reliable Water Supply
- Replacing the old water mains with new water mains and service connections will reduce the instances of bursts and water outages and will ensure a reliable supply of water to customers in the area
- Replacement of old water mains and service connections in poor condition will eliminate existing leaks and reduce the amount of clean drinking water lost into the ground
Improved Water Quality
- Removing existing old cast iron and lead from the water network and replacing them with new plastic pipes will reduce the risk of contamination
Improved Operation and Maintenance
- These works will deliver cost savings by providing improved water network operation that will require less maintenance in the future