Old water mains set to be replaced in Ardpatrick and Ballingaddy

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The Ardpatrick area is set to benefit from a more secure and reliable water supply as Irish Water, in partnership with Limerick City and County Council, begins work to replace old water mains.

Approximately 5.4km of old water mains will be replaced along the R512 between Ballingaddy Church and St. Patricks Church, Ardpatrick. The old pipes will be replaced with modern, high-density polyethylene (plastic) pipes which will lead to a big reduction in the likelihood of bursts and water outages.

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This work, which is part of Irish Water’s national Leakage Reduction Programme, is due to get underway this week (from March 15th) and is expected to be completed within 10 weeks.

The project 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. Where the existing service connections on the public side are lead these will be replaced as part of this improvement work.

“As they get older, some pipes have a high level of leakage as well as being subject to frequent bursts,” said Gerry O’Donnell, Leakage Reduction Programme Regional Lead, Irish Water. 
“Replacing the old, damaged pipes will ensure a more reliable water supply for the area. The new water mains and service connections will reduce the instances of bursts and water outages. These improvements to the water network are essential in providing a safe, secure and reliable water supply, now and into the future.” 
The work is being carried out by Shareridge Ltd in partnership with Limerick City and County Council on behalf of Irish Water.

Areas of work will be limited to short sections to minimise the impact on customers. Traffic management including a stop-go system will be in place during this time. Local and emergency traffic will be maintained at all times.

The work 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.

We will continue to work with the community to minimise disruption. Customers can phone Irish Water on 1850 278 278 if they have any further questions about the project.

More information: For more information, please visit National Leakage Reduction Programme. https://www.water.ie/projects-plans/national-projects/leakage-reduction-programme/