Replacement of water mains to reduce County Limerick leakages

Irish Water Regional Leakage Reduction Manager Gerry O'Donnell

THE replacement of more than six kilometres of damaged water mains in the Dromcollogher-Broadford area will significantly reduce leakage from the public water supply in West Limerick.

Irish Water has prioritised the replacement of 6.2km of damaged water mains in the area with more than 2km already installed since the project began in November.

The works along the R515 are being carried out by Shareridge Utilities Ltd in partnership with Limerick City and County Council and are due to be completed by the end of April.

Irish Water Regional Leakage Reduction Manager Gerry O’Donnell said the replacement of old and damaged pipes is a first step in tackling low water pressure, bursts, and leakage issues which have been affecting homes and businesses in the Dromcollogher-Broadford area.

“The new pipes will not only reduce the number of water interruptions but will provide security of supply for generations of local people. They will also deliver cost savings by providing water network operations that will require less maintenance, ” he explained.

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“This significant investment for Limerick is being delivered as part of our national Leakage Reduction Programme which continues to deliver significant benefits including improved water quality, a more secure water supply and considerable water savings.

“Fixing leaks can be complicated but we are making progress. In 2018 the rate of leakage nationally was 46 per cent, by the end of 2021 it was reduced to 38 per cent.  We are on track to achieve a national leakage rate of 25 per cent by the end of 2030.

“I would like thank the local community for their patience and cooperation as this project continues to progress. Based on previous experiences, we know that the short-term inconvenience will be overshadowed by the long-term benefits,” Mr O’Donnell added.

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