Works are due to begin on Wednesday in Dungarvan to replace over 1km of ageing backyard water mains with a modern system.
The improvement works will allow for 125 households to be connected to the new system and will help to reduce high levels of leakage which have been a significant source of disruption and outages for customers.
Homes in St Thomas Street, Fitzgerald’s Terrace, St Brigid Terrace, St Martin’s Terrace (cul-de-sac), Keating Street and Mitchell Street will benefit from a more resilient and robust water supply.
Backyard services are typically found in older areas, often installed to the rear of a customer’s property and usually made of cast iron or lead. Due to the age and deteriorating condition of the pipework, they are often a significant source of leakage and supply disruption for customers.
They are usually shared services, running through a number of neighbouring properties making it difficult to detect and repair leaks.
Joe Carroll is the Infrastructure Delivery Programme Manager at Uisce Éireann and said: “Old backyard service connections are a huge source of leakage and continue to impact communities right across Ireland, causing low pressure and supply disruption. Replacing these old water mains and service connections in poor condition will eliminate existing leaks and significantly reduce the amount of clean drinking water lost into the ground.”
“We would like to sincerely thank the community in Dungarvan for facilitating these works and working with us to provide a more secure and reliable water supply for generations to come,” he added.