Traffic management will be in place in the Dean Street area of Kilkenny City from today, as works begin to replace 500 metres of old cast iron water mains.
Coffey Northumbrian Ltd, working on behalf of Irish Water, will begin the work to replace the mains with high density polyethylene (plastic) pipes. Around 400m of new water main will be laid on Dean Street, before the crew then continue onto Black Mill Street where a further 100m of problematic water main will be renewed.
The works will also involve laying new water service connections from the public water main in the road to customers’ property boundaries and connecting it to the customers’ water supply. In the case where existing service connections on the public side are lead, these will be replaced as part of this improvement work.
These works are being carried out as part of Irish Water’s national Leakage Reduction Programme and it is expected that the works will be completed by May 2019.
Irish Water says the works will benefit many homes and businesses in the city as the new water mains are designed to allow increased water supply to the city centre area. These works to improve availability of water supply to the city centre area are a continuation of the works already completed in Patrick Street in 2018.
"Customers will also see an improvement in water quality due to the replacement of existing old cast iron and lead for the public network, replacing them with new modern pipes reducing the risk of contamination," said a statement from Irish Water.
"In addition to the above, the replacement of the water mains and service connections will eliminate existing leaks and reduce the amount of clean drinking water that is lost and wasted. These works will deliver cost savings by providing improved water network operation that will require less maintenance in the future. The works may involve some short-term water shut offs and the project team will ensure that customers are given a minimum of 48 hours notice prior to any planned water shut offs.
"Traffic management will be in place throughout the course of the works but two-way through traffic will be maintained at all times. Residents and businesses in the areas to benefit from the planned improvements have been notified and customers can phone Irish Water on Call save 1850 278 278 if they have any questions about the project.
Speaking about the works, Mark O’Duffy, Network Programme Lead for Irish Water said:
“We would like to thank the local community and local businesses for their patience and understanding while these essential works take place. These works will benefit homes and businesses in Kilkenny city and will ensure the future safety and secure supply of water for the area. We would also like to thank Kilkenny County Council and our contracting partners Coffey Northumbrian Ltd (CNL) for their support and collaboration on this project.”