Lower Road, Athlone Water Mains Replacement
National Leakage Reduction Programme
Irish Water in partnership with Westmeath County Council, is replacing problematic water mains in Lower Road, & Lower Street, Athlone, Co. Westmeath to provide a more reliable water supply, reduce high levels of leakage and improve water quality.
The works involve the replacement of over 839 metres of aged cast iron water mains with new modern pipes. The programme to replace the water mains on the Lower Street & Lower Road, Athlone, Co. Westmeath will commence in August 2022. These works are being carried out as part of Irish Water’s National Leakage Reduction Programme.
The section of works will take place on Lower Street & Lower Road from Marist College to Killyon Hill in Athlone.
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.
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 September 2022.
What are the benefits of the works?
The benefits of these leakage reduction works include:
• Reliable Water Supply – Replacement of problematic water mains and service connections will reduce the instances of bursts and interruptions to the water supply reducing disruption for homes and businesses in the area.
• Reduced Leaks – Replacement of problematic water mains and service connections 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 public water network and replacing them with new pipes will reduce the risk of contamination.
• Improved Operation and Maintenance – These works will deliver efficiencies including cost savings by providing improved water network operation that will require less maintenance in the future.
Will customers be affected by the works?
Areas of work will be limited to short sections to minimise impact on customers. For the safe delivery of works, local traffic management will be in place during this time.
The works may involve some short-term interruptions to the water supply. The project team will ensure that customers are given a minimum of 48 hours notice prior to any planned interruption.
We understand that this type of work can be inconvenient. Works crews will make every effort to minimise any disruption these necessary works cause.