Limerick City Backyard Services

National Leakage Reduction Programme

Irish Water, in partnership with Limerick City and County Council, has replaced ageing back yard water mains and providing new service connections for customers in Limerick City to improve security of supply, improve water quality and reduce high levels of leakage.

In some older properties 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. Back yard 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 involved the decommissioning of old cast iron back yard mains. New water mains have already been constructed along the public road in these areas therefore works only required new service connections installed from the new water main to each customer’s property. The communities benefitting from these improvement works are:

  • Fairgreen Road
  • St Marys Park
  • Garryowen
  • Rossa Avenue
  • Kileely Road

All new service connections were made with modern high density polyethylene (HDPE) plastic pipes to ensure a safer, more reliable supply of water to customers in the area.

These works were carried out by Shareridge Ltd. in partnership with Limerick City and County Council on behalf of Irish Water.

Leakage Reduction


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