Carlow Town Water Main Replacement

National Leakage Reduction Programme

Irish Water, in partnership with Carlow County Council, is replacing ageing water mains in the Dublin Street area of Carlow Town to provide a more reliable water supply, improve water quality and reduce high levels of leakage.

These works are being carried out as part of Irish Water’s National Leakage Reduction Programme. The works will take place in Carlow Town Centre, between June and September, with the works along Dublin Street being complete by the end of August. The works will be carried out on behalf of Irish Water by GMC Utilities Group Ltd. and are expected to be fully completed by September 2019. The works will be sequenced to minimise disruption to local businesses and residents. The areas to benefit from these water network improvement works are:

Phase 1

Dublin Street from Castle Street to Centaur Street

Phase 2

Dublin Street from Centaur Street to the Court House

Phase 3

Kennedy Street and Burrin Street from Burrin Bridge to Castle Street

Phase 4

Bridewell Lane, Charlotte Street and Brown Street

Location
Carlow
Status
Completed
Type
Leakage Reduction

Benefits

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

Improved water quality

  • Replacing existing old cast iron and lead from the public water network with new modern pipes will reduce the risk of contamination

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 Operation and Maintenance

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

Steps

  • The works involve the replacement of over 1,854 metres of old cast iron water mains with high density polyethylene (plastic) pipes in Carlow Town Centre are scheduled to commence on 24 June 2019
  • 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
  • Areas of work will be limited to short sections to minimise impact on customers
  • Traffic management will be in place during this time