Ennis Backyard Service Replacement Project

National Leakage Reduction Programme

Irish Water, in partnership with Clare County Council, is replacing ageing problematic water mains in Hermitage, Ennis, Co.Clare to provide a more reliable water supply, improve water quality and reduce high levels of leakage.

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. Backyard services are usually shared, running through a number of neighbouring properties making it difficult to detect and repair leaks. Since all properties share a connection, leaks and bursts affect all properties usually resulting in low pressure.

The works in Hermitage, Ennis, Co.Clare involve the decommissioning of ageing back yard water mains and the delivery of 552 meters of new water mains constructed along the public road.

These works will be carried out by Shareridge Civil Engineering in partnership with Clare County Council on behalf of Irish Water and are due to be completed by end of November 2022.

Location
Clare
Status
In Progress
Type
Leakage Reduction

What are the benefits of the works?

The benefits of the leakage reduction works include:

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Will customers be affected by the works?

A survey is required at each property within this community. The individual survey is undertaken to assess the current water connection arrangement for that property and discuss the best way to connect the new service to the customers home.

Customers to benefit from these improvement works will be contacted directly by Farrans Construction to provide information about the required works and to discuss a suitable time to carry out an individual survey.

The works, when they commence, may involve some short-term water outages and the project team will ensure that customers are given a minimum of 48-hours notice prior to any planned water outages. Where water mains are being constructed traffic management may be in place during this time. Local and emergency traffic will be maintained at all times.

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.