County Wicklow

Leakage Reduction Programme

Much of Ireland’s water is lost to leaks before it reaches our taps.

Irish Water’s national Leakage Reduction Programme is Fixing leaks around the country to provide a more reliable water supply. This programme of works in County Leitrim is one example of how we are working with our partners to reduce leaks every day.

Securing water supply in County Wicklow

Irish Water, in partnership with Wicklow County Council, has delivered over 17 kilometers of new water mains and improved the water supply for more than 70,000 people in County Wicklow since 2018, as part of the Leakage Reduction Programme.

Across several Leakage Reduction Programme work streams, the works involved the replacement of old, problematic pipes; new service connections and fixing leaks on customer property through the First Fix Free scheme. Collaborating with the Local Authority and its Regional Contractors, these works have significantly improved the water supply in the area:

Several areas benefited from these works

Several towns and villages in Wicklow benefited from these works. 255 households in the County had leaks on their property’s external supply pipe repaired at no cost through our First Fix Free scheme.

The results

As a result of these works and in collaboration with Wicklow County Council, customers and local businesses in the areas affected are seeing tangible benefits:

Improved water supply for over 70,000 people

255 leaks repaired at no cost to homeowners through First Fix Free scheme

Reduction in outages and supply issues in Wicklow County

A more robust and easily managed network

“The replacement of ageing water mains and the provision of new public side and shared connections across County Wicklow, as part of the Leakage Reduction Programme, mean local residents and businesses alike benefit from an improved security of supply.“

Joe Carroll - Leakage Reduction Programme Regional Lead

“Delivering the First Fix Free scheme in County Wicklow required coordination across the business and strong collaboration with our partners, the Local Authorities and Regional Contractors. Working together we have had a positive impact on leakage and the daily lives of our customers in the County.“

Paul Harney - Network Programme Manager, Asset Delivery