Drogheda Water Mains Replacement/Back Yard Services
National Leakage Reduction Programme
Irish Water, in partnership with Louth County Council is upgrading the water network in Pearse Park Estate, Drogheda, Co. Louth to provide a more reliable water supply to the community.
The 1st phase of works involves installation of almost 1.2km of new modern high-density polyethylene pipes in Pearse Park Estate, Drogheda, Co. Louth. The works are planned to commence in October 2021.
The 2nd phase of works involves transferring all customers in Pearse Park Estate to the new mains and decommissioning the old back yard water mains.
As part of this phase there will also be customers on Bóthar Brugha and Hardman’s Gardens transferred to existing mains at the front of their property and the old back yard watermain decommissioned. In some older estates water connections, typically made of iron or lead, were installed to the rear of the property and are often referred to as backyard service connections. The pipework due to age and deteriorating condition are a significant source of leakage and reduced levels of service.
GMC Utilities Ltd, working on behalf of Irish Water will contact customers in advance of the works and carry out surveys of the internal plumbing at each property.
These works are being carried out as part of Irish Water’s National Leakage Reduction Programme, to provide a more reliable water supply, improve water quality and reduce high levels of leakage.
The works will be carried out on behalf of Irish Water by GMC Utilities Ltd.
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 interruptions and the project team will ensure that customers are given a minimum of 48 hours’ notice prior to any planned water interruptions.
We understand that this type of work may be inconvenient and works crews will make every effort to minimise any disruption these necessary works cause.