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Ashbourne Trunk Water Main Replacement

National Leakage Reduction Programme

Uisce Éireann, in partnership with Meath County Council, has improved the water network in Ashbourne to provide a more reliable water supply.

The project to replace the problematic trunk water main in Ashbourne commenced in March 2020 and were completed in August 2020. These works are being carried out as part of Uisce Éireann’s National Leakage Reduction Programme.

The works involved construction of approximately 1.8km of upgraded watermains along the R135 from St. Johns Wood Court north to the M2 Roundabout. It included some interconnection upgrades at the junction of Deerpark and the R135.

The works were carried out on behalf of Uisce Éireann by GMC Utilities Ltd.

In order to minimise disruption a phased approach with areas of works limited to short sections was adopted for the delivery of this project.

Leakage Reduction

News and Updates

The phases to facilitate works along the R135 from St. Johns Wood Court north to the M2 Roundabout and at the junction of Deerpark will be as follows commencing in phase 1.

The planned order of phases is as shown below, however is subject to change and dependent on many variable factors. In order to facilitate commissioning of the new treated water infrastructure, further construction works maybe be required within each of the phases after the main works are completed. Further notification will be provided prior to these works commencing. It is anticipated these works will be carried over a short duration.

Phase of WorksDurationTraffic Management
Phase 1 - Ballybin Road to St Johns Woods Court (Section 1 East side) 1 Week Traffic signals
Phase 2 - M2 Junction to Applegreen 2 Weeks Lane Closure
Phase 3 - Applegreen to Ballybin Road 4 Weeks Traffic signals
Phase 4 - Ballybin Road to St Johns Court (Section 2 East side) 5 Weeks Traffic signals
Phase 5 - Ballybin Road to St Johns Court (West side) 6 Weeks Traffic signals
Phase 6 - Deerpark 2 Weeks Traffic signals


A Reliable Water Supply

  • This project will improve the resilience of the water network in Ashbourne, increasing connectivity to enable re-routing of water supply as required. It will also support continued growth within the community.

Improved Operation and Maintenance

  • These works will deliver cost savings by providing improved water network operation that will require less maintenance in the future.

Affects of works

  • Areas of work will be limited to short sections to minimise impact on customers. Traffic management may be in place during this time. Local and emergency traffic will be maintained at all times.
  • The works may involve some short-term water shut offs and the project team will ensure that customers are given a minimum of 48 hours notice prior to any planned water shut offs.
  • We understand that this type of work can be inconvenient and works crews will make every effort to minimise any disruption these necessary works cause.

More information

Residents and businesses in the areas to benefit from the planned improvements have been notified directly and customers can phone Uisce Éireann on 1800 278 278 if they have any questions about the project.

Uisce Éireann regrets any inconvenience these necessary water network improvements may cause. Details of any supply interruptions associated to this project will be updated regularly on the Water Supply Updates section of the Uisce Éireann website.