A €2.6million upgrade of water mains in Mountmellick, Portlaoise, Ballyroan and Timahoe has been completed meaning over 300 homes will benefit from the improvements in drinking water supply and quality.
The completion of this project has meant substantial reductions in leakage and maintenance costs, a more reliable supply and fewer instances of water discolouration, according to Irish Water.
The project also included the removal of old service lines, including lead services, along the watermains and the decommissioning of older cast iron mains. The improved network in these areas will also allow for future population growth and development.
“Half of Ireland’s treated drinking water literally goes down the drain due to leaking pipes,” according to Tom Leahy, Water and Wastewater Regional Operations Manager, East and Midlands Region, Irish Water.
He contined: “Laois is one of many regions with ageing pipes susceptible to leaks that are not fit for purpose.
“We are delighted to have completed this project providing a more secure supply to homes and businesses in Laois.”
The completition of the project was also welcomed by Cathaoirleach of Laois County council, John Joe Fennelly.
“This is a very welcome project and represents a long overdue investment in the watermains in Laois.
“I am delighted that the communities of Mountmellick, Portlaoise, Ballyroan and Timahoe are now benefitting from the significant improvements in drinking water quality this project has delivered.”
Irish Water is also supporting customers in reducing leaks on their property through the Interim First Fix Scheme.