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Kilkenny City Water Main Replacement - Dean Street

National Leakage Reduction Programme

Uisce Éireann, in partnership with Kilkenny County Council, is replacing ageing water mains in Kilkenny City to improve security of water supply, improve water quality and reduce high levels of leakage.

The works involve the replacement of 500 metres of old cast iron water mains with high density polyethylene (plastic) pipes in Kilkenny City. The works will take place in two sections beginning the week of 14 January along Dean Street where 400m of new water main will be laid. The works will continue on Black Mill Street where a further 100m of problematic water main will be renewed.

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.

These works are being carried out as part of Uisce Éireann's national Leakage Reduction Programme and will be carried out on behalf of Uisce Éireann by Coffey Northumbrian Ltd. It is expected that the works will be completed by May 2019.

Leakage reduction
An Uisce Éireann worker standing in front of a large pipe


Improved supply of water to Kilkenny city centre

  • The new water mains to be installed as part of this project will be larger diameter than the old mains and are designed to allow increased water supply to the city centre area. These works to improve availability of water supply to the city centre area are a continuation of the works already completed in Patrick Street in 2018

A reliable water supply

  • Replacing the ageing 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

Improved Water Quality

  • Removing existing old cast iron and lead from the water network and replacing them with new plastic 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

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