Irish Water has begun site investigation works to replace 8.5km of old defective water mains and associated service connections across Laois.
Work began in early October on the Laois Water Mains Rehabilitation Project. This project will replace aging water mains, improve the water pressure to homes and businesses and improve the security of supply.
Work is underway in Ballylinan, Borris Little, Portlaoise, Erkindale Drive, Durrow, Ballycoolan, Guileen, Clopook, Pearse St and Harbour St, Mountmellick, Shannon St, Mountrath, Castletown.
The first phase of the project involves site investigation work which will enable Irish Water to complete the detailed design requirements for the scheme.
As part of this project the State-owned company will carry out backyard water main rehabilitation work.
This involves laying a new water main in the public road on Shannon Street in Mountrath and Harbour Street in Mountmellick and decommission the existing aging water main which runs through customers back gardens in these areas.
“A new service connection pipe will be connected to customers’ properties ensuring customers have a more reliable connection to the public water main,” said the company
Irish water said other benefits of the new water mains include increased security of the water supply to customers with fewer interruptions and improved water pressure for customers as leakage on the water mains will be reduced.
To facilitate the design of the project, internal surveys will need to be carried out by RPS Consulting Engineers on behalf of Irish Water in customers’ homes and businesses. During an internal survey, the project team will carry out visual surveys of: points of water outlets, location of the roof tank, the external water connection point within your property.
Padraig Hanly is Water Network and Rehabilitation Programmes Regional Lead.
“The replacement of aging water mains in Laois will ensure customers across the county will have a more reliable and secure water supply. Burst water mains are a common problem across the country resulting from decades of under investment in water infrastructure. This site investigation and survey work will ensure Irish Water can progress with the detailed design stage of the project to replace 8.5kms of aging water mains and is part of our ongoing investment in Ireland’s water infrastructure,” he said.