Investment to replace old water mains will see better supply for Graig' - Cleere

Work is due to start next month and is expected to be completed in early June

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Water mains repair work could impact supply in parts of Dundalk

Cleere: Project will result in a much improved service to customers in terms of efficiency and security of supply

Graignamangh is to benefit from a more secure and reliable water supply as a result of a €500,000 project to replace old water mains, local councillor Peter 'Chap' Cleere has said.

The work, which is being carried out in partnership with Kilkenny County Council, will involve the replacement of water mains. By replacing aging and defective water mains, the project will result in a significant improvement in water supply for local residents and businesses.

Cllr Cleere says there will be a big reduction in unplanned outages due to burst pipes and other related issues, and water pressure will be improved as leakage rates on these sections of mains will be reduced. Overall, this will result in a much improved service to customers in terms of efficiency and security of supply.

In addition to replacing the water mains, the work will also include the replacement of service pipes connecting private properties to the mains. These works are due to get under way in March and will be carried out by David Walsh Civil Engineering Ltd on behalf of Irish Water.

“This is fantastic news for the people of Graignamanagh," said Cllr Cleere.

"There has been consistent issues surrounding the water supply and burst mains in Graig' over the last number of years. Following on from numerous representations which I have been making over the last couple of years, I am thrilled that this project is now at this stage.

"This project will have many benefits for local residents and businesses alike. As well as providing a more reliable water supply, this project will also lead to a big reduction in the volume of water lost to leakage, which in turn result in better water pressure.”

Work is due to start on March 12 and is expected to be completed in early June. The work will be carried out in short sections to minimise disruption to residents, businesses and road users.

The works may also involve some short-term water shut offs for a number of hours over a day or two in each location when the new pipes are being connected to the existing pipework system. The project team will ensure that householders and businesses are advised of any works in their area in advance and will be given 48 hours prior notice of water shut offs.z