Burst prone water mains in Portarlington set for overhaul

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Portarlington pipes set to be replaced.

Irish Water, working in partnership with Laois County Council, has begun work to replace 600 metres of ageing water main that is prone to bursts on Canal Road in Portarlington.

Irish Water says it is replacing the water main to provide a more reliable water supply for customers.

This project will involve the replacement of the existing old and damaged public water main and replacing it with ductile iron pipes. The works will also see the replacement of old damaged service connections. These are the water pipes which join Irish Water’s public main to a customer’s property.

The utility says the benefits of the project include a more reliable and secure water supply, improved water quality and reducing leakage in the network, while also allowing for future development in the town and surrounding areas. The project will also deliver cost savings by providing improved water network operation that will require less maintenance in the future.

The works are being carried out on behalf of Irish Water by Ward & Burke Construction Ltd. It is expected that most of the works will be finished before Christmas with the remaining works completed in January 2018. The works will finish up for Christmas on 18 December 2017 and recommence on 3 January 2018 for a short period.


The works may involve some short-term water shut offs but the project team says it will ensure that customers are given a minimum of 48 hours prior notice of any planned water shut offs. Traffic management will be in place for the duration of the works. Local and emergency traffic will be maintained at all times.

Commenting on the works, Georgina O’Reilly, Regional Lead – Water Network Programme said

“The existing public water main on Canal Road has experienced bursts over the years resulting in a number of water outages for local residents and businesses and impacting the reliability of the water supply . Replacing the ageing water main with a new modern pipe will provide a long term solution to ensure a safe and secure water supply is delivered to customers. This project is part of Irish Water’s commitment to invest in Ireland’s water infrastructure which has been underinvested in for decades,” she said.


These works are being carried out as part of Irish Water’s national Leakage Reduction Programme. As part of this programme Irish Water is investing over €500 million over the next four years to reduce leakage and remove old damaged pipes from the public water network.

The untility says this will help to ensure that we have a clean, safe and reliable public water supply now and into the future to support our growing population and economy.

Residents and businesses in the area of the works have been notified and customers can phone Irish Water on call save 1850 278 278 if they have any questions about the project.

Further information on Irish Water’s Leakage Reduction Programme is also available on the Irish Water website

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