Ennistymon Water Main Replacement

National Leakage Reduction Programme

Irish Water, in partnership with Clare County Council, replaced problematic water mains in Ennistymon, Co. Clare, to improve security of supply, reduce high levels of leakage and improve water quality.

The programme to replace the water mains in Ennistymon commenced on 25 March 2019. These works were carried out as part of Irish Water’s National Leakage Reduction Programme. The section of works took place between the N67 junction at the Kerry Agri Farm Store and the Main Street/Lahinch road junction. The works were carried out on behalf of Irish Water by Shareridge Utilities Ltd.

Leakage Reduction


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 Water Quality

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

Improved Operation and Maintenance

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


  • The works involve the replacement of over 520 metres of problematic water mains with high density polyethylene (plastic) pipes
  • 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