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Tuam Backyard Services

National Leakage Reduction Programme

Uisce Éireann, in partnership with Galway County Council, is replacing ageing back yard water mains and providing new service connections for customers in St Joseph's Park, Tuam to provide a more reliable water 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 communities to benefit from these improvement works are:

  • 1-34 St Joseph's Park
  • 36, 44, 50 St Joseph's Park

These works will be carried out by Farrans Construction in partnership with Galway County Council on behalf of Uisce Éireann.

Leakage reduction
Water spraying from a large shovel


A Reliable Water Supply

  • Replacing the old water mains with new 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

  • Replacement of old water mains and service connections in poor condition 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


  • The works involve decommissioning of approximately 818 metres of old cast iron back yard water mains
  • 627 metres of new water mains will be constructed along the public road and new service connections will be installed from the new water main to each customer's property
  • It is likely that the service connections currently serving these properties from the old back yard services in St Josephs Park are made from lead
  • All new service connections will be made with modern high density polyethylene (HDPE) plastic pipes to ensure a safer, more reliable supply of water to customers in the area

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