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Blackrock Water Network Upgrade

Uisce Éireann, in partnership with Louth County Council is upgrading the water network in Blackrock to support future growth and development in the area.

The works involve the installation of 2km of new water mains and is part of a project to improve the capacity of the existing water network and operational performance in the area.

The section of works is taking place along the R172 Sea Road and Rock Road.

This project is being delivered to support existing and future developments within the community. It will improve the capacity of the existing water network in the area, improving performance and reducing demands on the current network.

The works commenced in October 2023 are being carried out on behalf of Uisce Éireann by GMC Utilities Group, with expected completion in Q3 2024.

Location
Louth
Status
In Progress
Type
Water

What are the benefits of the works?

The benefits of these water network works include:

  • Supporting social and economic development – This project will facilitate social and economic growth, including planned residential development.
  • Improving the water network – This project will upgrade the water network, increasing the capacity to deliver reliable, sustainable high-quality water services.
  • Providing a more resilient water supply – This project will improve the resilience of the water network, increasing connectivity to enable re-routing of water supply as required. 

Works Update

Pipelaying works on the section of Rock Road between the junction with the R172 and the junction with Sandy Lane are continuing under a road closure. In order to complete additional works associated with pipelaying activities, Louth County Council has granted an extension of the current road closure licence until Saturday 18th May. Local and emergency will continue to be maintained, with a diversion route for public traffic in place via the R172 Sea Road and Sandy Lane.  Standard working hours are Monday to Friday, 8AM to 6PM.

What works remain to be completed following the road closure?

Permanent reinstatement of the road surface will be carried out during the school summer holidays to minimise disruption. We will notify the community a minimum of two weeks in advance of reinstatement works commencing.

Planned Outages

To complete mains connection works, there are two planned outages for the week commencing 15 April 2024:

  • Wednesday 17 April from 9:30am to 4pm.
    • Customers impacted at The Orchard, Chapel Pass, Chapel Close, Rock Road, Blackrock and surrounding areas.
  • Friday 19 April from 9:30am to 4pm.
    • Customers impacted along Rock Road, The Orchard, Elm Park, McGahons Lane, Hamilton Avenue, The Meadows and surrounding areas

Following completion of the works, water supply may take 2-3 hours to return as water refills the network.

Stakeholder Engagement

GMC Utilities Ltd. has a full time Community Liaison Officer who is available to address any queries or concerns in relation to the works.

Contact details: Johnny Cuciureanu 085 854 1594 customerservice@gmcirl.com.

Customers can also contact Uisce Éireann on 1800 278 278 (24/7) 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 with this project will be updated regularly on the Uisce Éireann website.