'More reliable and secure water supply' after Patrick Street works say Irish Water

Sian Moloughney

Reporter:

Sian Moloughney

Irish Water works in Kilkenny

Irish Water works on Patrick Street will resume on Monday

Residents and local businesses of Patrick’s street in Kilkenny will benefit from a more reliable and secure water supply due to the work carried out by Irish Water and Kilkenny County Council to replace water mains on the street recently, some dating back to the 1890’s.

The completion of the final phase of this project has taken longer than initially planned due to hydraulic difficulties in commissioning the new water mains. This final phase of work involves connecting individual properties to the new water mains and will see minimal disruption to traffic and to the businesses themselves.

Following discussions with local businesses, Irish Water and Kilkenny County Council agreed to suspend the completion of these works until the autumn to avoid unnecessary disruption during the busy summer months and in the interim, temporary surface reinstatement of the road took place.

The final phase of the project to commission the water main and connect individual properties will now take place beginning 1st October and is expected to take four weeks to complete. This connection work will be confined to smaller areas on the footpath/parking bay and is not expected to have a significant impact on traffic. The works areas will be fully reinstated with a permanent road surface on completion of the works.

This project is part of Irish Water’s €500 million investment in tackling leakage nationwide between now and 2021.

This project in Kilkenny city involves replacing 500 metres of old and damaged cast iron water mains along Patrick Street with two new trunk mains. This will allow an improved flow of water to the city and minimise the likelihood of supply disruptions due to bursts or leaks.

This will deliver significant improvements in network performance, with customers benefiting from improved water pressure and improved security and quality of their water supply. 

We would like to thank the businesses on Patrick Street and surrounding areas for their ongoing engagement and valuable feedback and apologise for any inconvenience as we work to complete these works with the minimum of disruption.

For more information contact Richard Ó hEadhra, Regional Communications Lead on roheadhra@water.ie or 0863114069