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Granby Row Backyard Service Replacement

National Leakage Reduction Programme

Uisce Éireann, in partnership with Carlow County Council, has replaced ageing backyard water mains and providing new service connections for customers on Granby Row, Carlow, 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 Granby Row involved the decommissioning of ageing back yard water mains and the delivery of 400 meters of new water mains constructed along the public road. Works were undertaken on Granby Row to the junction with Green Road and on College Gardens. These works will be carried out by Shareridge Ltd. in partnership with Carlow County Council on behalf of Uisce Éireann.

Leakage reduction
A new clean pipe next to an old damaged and rusty pipe

What are the benefits of the works?

The benefits of the backyard service works include:

  • Reliable Water Supply - Replacing the old water mains with new water mains and service connections will reduce the instances of bursts and water outages and will ensure a reliable supply of water to customers in the area.
  • Reduced Leaks - Replacement of old water mains and service connections in poor condition 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 water network and replacing them with new modern pipes will reduce the risk of contamination.
  • 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?

A survey was required at each property within this community. The individual survey was 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 were contacted directly by Shareridge Ltd. to provide information about the required works and to discuss a suitable time to carry out an individual survey.

The works involved some short-term water outages and the project team ensured that customers were given a minimum of 48-hours notice prior to any planned water outages. Where water mains were being constructed traffic management was in place during this time. Local and emergency traffic was maintained at all times.

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

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