Ballylynan Water Main Replacement

National Leakage Reduction Programme

Irish Water, in partnership with Laois County Council, is replacing ageing water mains in Ballylynan, Co Laois to improve security of supply, improve water quality and reduce high levels of leakage.

The works involve the replacement of approximately 1400 metres of aged cast iron and problematic water mains with high density polyethylene (plastic) pipes. The programme to replace these water mains is Ballylynan, Co Laois are scheduled to commence in November 2018. These works are being carried out as part of Irish Water’s national Leakage Reduction Programme. The communities to benefit from these improvement works are:

  • Carlow Road (L3973)
  • Graigue Road (L3975)
  • Waste Water Treatment Plant Road (L7981)
  • Whitethorn Grove

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 in January 2019.

Leakage Reduction


A Reliable Water Supply

  • Replacement of water mains and service connections will reduce the instances of bursts and water outages and will ensure a reliable supply of water to customers and local businesses in the area

Reduced Leaks

  • Replacement of 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 & lead (where identified) from the public 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