Lead pipe connections to be replaced in big Laois water supply upgrade

Conor Ganly

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Conor Ganly

Irish Water replacing damaged water pipes in Eslin

Irish Water replacing pipes and connections.

The replacement of more than 1,000 metres of old, leaky iron water mains and lead pipes is set to improve the water supply for all households in Mountmellick, according to Irish Water.

Working in partnership with Laois County Council, Irish Water, says it has started work replacing the ageing water mains which it says are prone to frequent bursts. Lead pipe connects to houses are also pencilled in for replacement

The work will involve the replacement of approximately 1,050 metres of aged cast iron and problematic water mains with high density polyethylene (plastic) pipes.

The project will involve 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 company says that where the existing service connections on the public side are lead these will be replaced as part of the improvement works.

Irish Water says the work will be completed in short sections in order to lithe mit impact. However, some short-term water shut offs are possible. The project team says it will ensure that customers are given a minimum of 48 hours’ notice prior to any planned water shut offs.

Irish Water says that once complete, the benefits of the project for the local community will include more reliable water supply for all. The utility says this means reduced leakage on the network which will improve water pressure to homes and businesses. Operational and maintenance costs will also be reduced as the network operation will require less maintenance.

Commenting on the works, Joe Carroll said Irish Water understands this type of work can be inconvenient and will ensure our work crews make every effort to minimise any disruption these works may cause.

Residents and businesses in the areas of the works have been notified and customers can call the Irish Water customer helpline on 1850 278 278 for any questions in relation to the works.

The works with expected to be completed by June 2019. 

To find out more about Irish Water’s national programme of works to reduce leakage and improve Ireland’s water supply visit the Leakage Reduction Programme Page