Kilkenny City Water Main Replacement - James’s Street

National Leakage Reduction Programme

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

The programme to replace the water mains on James’s Street will begin the week commencing 25 March 2019. These works are being carried out as part of Irish Water’s National Leakage Reduction Programme. The works will be carried out on behalf of Irish Water by Coffey Northumbrian Ltd. and are expected to be completed by May 2019.

Leakage Reduction


​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

Reduced leaks

  • Replacing the old 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 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


  • Areas of work will be limited to short sections to minimise impact on customers
  • Traffic management will be in place during this time
  • The works involve the replacement of over 140 metres of old cast iron water mains with high density polyethylene (plastic) pipes in Kilkenny City
  • 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