Kilkenny City Water Main Replacement - Patrick Street

National Leakage Reduction Programme

Irish Water replacing ageing water mains on Patrick Street and Chapel Avenue, Kilkenny City to improve security of supply for local customers and businesses and reduce leakage.

Irish Water, working in partnership with Kilkenny County Council, will begin works to replace ageing water mains on Patrick Street and Chapel Avenue. The works are scheduled to commence on the week of 9 April 2018. These water mains renewal works are being carried out as part of Irish Water’s national Leakage Reduction Programme.

The Leakage Reduction Programme will see over €500 million invested over four years to reduce leakage and remove problematic pipes from the public water network. These works will help to ensure that we have a clean, safe and reliable water supply now and into the future to support our growing population and economy.

Leakage Reduction


  • Works will involve the decommissioning and replacement of over 490 metres of multiple old and damaged cast iron water mains
  • Two new parallel mains totalling 370 metres
  • New trunk water network that will allow improved flow of water to the City
  • The project will also deliver the removal of back yard lead shared services on Chapel Avenue
  • The existing pipes will be replaced with new ductile iron and modern high density polyethylene (plastic) pipes
  • The works will commence on the week of 9 April 2018 and are expected to take approximately 8 weeks to complete


A reliable water supply

  • Replacing the ageing water mains and service connections and will reduce the instances of bursts and water outages on Patricks Street and Chapel Avenue and will ensure a reliable supply of water to customers and local businesses in the area

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

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 operation and maintenance

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