Old Dublin Road Junction Water Mains Replacement
National Leakage Reduction Programme
Irish Water, in partnership with Galway City Council, is replacing problematic water mains prone to bursts on the Old Dublin Road, Galway City to improve security of supply, provide a more reliable water supply and reduce high levels of leakage.
Irish Water is investing over €500 million between 2017- 2021 to reduce leakage and replace old pipes on the public water network. The benefits of this programme are:
- Replacing old pipes to reduce drinking water lost by leakage
- Fixing leaks to reduce disruption from bursts and outages
- Improving water quality
- Delivering savings on operation and maintenance of the network
The works involve the of approximately 119 metres of problematic water mains with high density polyethylene (plastic) pipes. The programme to replace the water mains on the Old Dublin Road commenced on 23rd March 2021. These works are being carried out as part of Irish Water’s National Leakage Reduction Programme.
The section of rehabilitation works will take place along the Old Dublin Road / Moneenageisha Road junction.
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.
The works will be carried out on behalf of Irish Water by Farrans Construction Ltd. and are expected to be completed by end of March 2021.
What are the benefits of the works?
The benefits of the leakage reduction works include:
• A Reliable Water Supply – Replacement of water mains and service connections will reduce the instances of bursts and water outages and will ensure a reliable supply of water to customers and local businesses in the area
• Reduced Leaks – Replacement of 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
Will customers be affected by the works?
To facilitate the safe delivery of the works, there will be traffic management in place during delivery. Local and emergency access will be maintained at all times.
Night time working between the hours of 6pm and 12am is required to ensure the safety of the workforce and road users due to existing heavy traffic flows at this junction.
The works may involve some short-term water shut offs during this time and the project team will ensure that customers are given a minimum of 48 hours notice prior to any planned water shut offs. In order to minimise impact to schools any associated outages will be planned outside school hours.
We understand that this type of work can be inconvenient and works crews will make every effort to minimise any disruption these necessary works cause.
Residents and businesses in the areas to benefit from the planned improvements have been notified directly and customers can phone Irish Water on 1800 278 278 if they have any questions about the project. Irish Water regrets any inconvenience these necessary water network improvements may cause. Details of any supply interruptions associated to this project will be updated regularly on the Supply and Service Updates section of our website.
This project is one example of how Irish Water is working in partnership with Galway City Council to reduce leaks every day. Fixing leaks can be complicated with over 63,000km of water pipe but we are making progress. In 2018 the rate of leakage nationally was 46%, by the end of 2019 it was 42% and we are currently on course to achieving a national leakage rate of 38% by 2021.