Castletown Water Main Replacement

National Leakage Reduction Programme

Irish Water replacing ageing water mains in Castletown, Co. Laois to improve security of supply for local customers and reduce leakage.

Irish Water, working in partnership with Laois County Council, will begin works to upgrade existing old problematic water mains in Castletown, Co. Laois. The works are scheduled to commence on the week commencing 9 April 2018. These water mains improvements are being carried out as part of Irish Water’s national Leakage Reduction Programme.

The Leakage Reduction Programme will see over €500 million invested over four years to reduce leakage and remove problematic pipes from the public water network. These works will help to ensure that we have a clean, safe and reliable water supply now and into the future to support our growing population and economy.

Leakage Reduction


A reliable water supply

  • Replacing the ageing water mains and service connections and will reduce the instances of bursts and water outages on Patricks Street and Chapel Avenue and will ensure a reliable supply of water to customers and local businesses in the area

Reduced leaks

  • Replacing the old 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


  • Works will involve the decommissioning and replacement of 3.6 kilometres of old and damaged water mains
  • The pipes will be replaced with new modern high density polyethylene (plastic) pipes
  • The works will also involve laying new water service connections from the public water main in the street to customers’ property boundaries and connecting it to the customers’ water supply
  • The works will commence on 9 April 2018 in Castletown Village and are expected to take approximately 12 weeks to complete