Residents of Carrigeen in south Kilkenny have benefitted from an Irish Water investment of €500,000 to replace aging watermains supplying the town.
Irish Water says the upgrades will result in significant improvements in terms of security of supply and the frequency of water outages. The project involved the installation of 2.7km of new watermains in Carrigeen.
The project commenced in August and took two months to complete. Ageing and fragile water mains are a common problem across the country resulting from decades of under investment in water infrastructure.
Irish Water has said it is committed to addressing this, and the replacement of these agEing watermains is part of an ongoing investment in Ireland’s water infrastructure.
The new watermains are intended to result in significant improvements in network performance and level of service to customers in terms of security of supply.
“The replacement of these aging watermains will ensure that customers in the area will have a more reliable water supply,” said David Sharry, southern programmes specialist said.
“Irish Water recognised the importance of upgrading the water network in Carrigeen as a result of the frequency of bursts resulting in significant disruption to the community last winter and also over Easter. We prioritised work to enable the upgrade of the network as soon as possible.
“All work on the watermains has now been completed and we hope to conclude the commissioning process over the coming weeks.”
Watermains rehabilitation is one aspect of Irish Water’s plan to reduce leakage. Lost water is estimated at 47% nationally and 40% in County Kilkenny.
Leakage is also being targeted through Irish Water’s First Fix Free Scheme, which supports customers in reducing leaks on their property, benefitting over 270 householders in Kilkenny to date.