Essential works to improve sewer network in Limerick city centre

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WORKS to upgrade Limerick city centre’s sewer network which will clear blockages and address structural issues in the network have begun this week, and are expected to be completed within 10 weeks.

This project, to be carried out by Irish Water in partnership with Limerick City and County Council, will help address odour issues, reduce sewer flooding and upgrade the sewers for the long-term benefit of businesses and residents in the city centre.

It will include essential maintenance and repair work to an old brick culvert sewer running under O’Connell Street to strengthen sections of the culvert.

Access shafts will also be built to allow future sewer lining and remedial works to maintain this critical piece of infrastructure for Limerick City.

Irish Water has said there may be some minor disruption to traffic, and some small sections of parking suspended while works are taking place, however every effort will be made to minimise disruption.

Mark O’Duffy, Wastewater Network Programme Regional Lead with Irish Water, said the works are “essential” to address the sewer network issues around O’Connell Street to “ensure it is fit for purpose”.

He said minimal disruption is expected, and the project team will keep local business and residents up to date as works progress.

“Protecting the general public, our workers and their families is very important to us at this time and we will be carrying out these works in a controlled and safe manner, in keeping with Government and HSE guidelines to ensure everyone’s safety,” Mr O’Duffy said.

The standard working hours are generally between 7am and 6pm, with no work anticipated on Sundays and public holidays. Where night-time working may be required hours will be from 7pm to 6am and, if required, this will be agreed with Limerick City and County Council in advance.

GMC Utilities Limited is working on behalf of Irish Water to deliver this project.

For further information, please contact the project team on 1890 25 22 61 during office hours (8am-5pm) or [email protected]