Donore Industrial Estate Water Mains Replacement

National Leakage Reduction Programme

Irish Water in partnership with Louth County Council is replacing ageing problematic water mains, prone to bursts, in Donore Industrial Estate, Drogheda, Co. Louth to provide a more reliable water supply and reduce high levels of leakage.

Irish Water is investing over 500 million between 2017 and the end of 2021 to reduce leakage and replace old pipes on the public water network. The benefits of this programme are:

  • Replacing old pipes to reduce drinking water lost by leakage
  • Fixing leaks to reduce disruption from bursts and outages
  • Improving water quality
  • Creating operational efficiencies on the network

Details of the project

The works involve the replacement of approximately 1,115 metres of aged problematic water mains with new modern pipes. The programme to replace the water mains in Donore Industrial Estate, Drogheda commenced in mid-June 2021. These works are being carried out as part of Irish Water’s National Leakage Reduction Programme.

The section of works will take place along the Donore Road, in the Donore Industrial Estate, Drogheda, Co. Louth.

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 GMC Utilities Group Ltd and are expected to be completed by July 2021.

What are the benefits of the works?

The benefits of the leakage reduction works include:

  • 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 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. Traffic management may be in place during this time. Local and emergency traffic will always be maintained.

The works may involve some short-term water shut offs and the project team will ensure that customers are given a minimum of 48 hours’ notice prior to any planned water shut offs.

We understand that this type of work can be inconvenient and works crews will make every effort to minimise any disruption these necessary works cause.