Replacement of damaged water mains to benefit Limerick industry

Uisce Éireann Leakage Reduction Programme Regional Lead Gerry O'Donnell

MORE than 1.7 kilometres of damaged water mains are to be replaced at the National Technology Park in Plassey to reduce the levels of leakage and bursts affecting local industries.

The work will take place along Plassey Park Road between the entrance of Edwards Lifesciences and its junction with Holland Road. It is being carried out as part of Uisce Éireann’s National Leakage Reduction Programme in partnership with Limerick City and County Council and IDA Ireland.

ShareRidge will carry out the works, which are expected to be completed by mid-summer and will be limited to short sections to minimise impact on customers. Traffic lights will be in place for the duration of works with priority for local and emergency traffic.

Uisce Éireann Leakage Reduction Programme Lead Gerry O’Donnell said that securing Plassey’s water supply was a priority and the work currently under way would reduce the risk of outages from bursts now and into the future.

“Ageing pipes can, over time, significantly impact water quality, leakage levels, and pressure. Replacing these pipes will greatly reduce the levels of leakage and bursts resulting in service interruptions affecting customers and local industry,” he explained.

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“Fewer bursts and less leakage mean a stronger more resilient supply for homes and businesses.

“Fixing leaks can be complicated but we are making progress. In 2018, the rate of leakage nationally was 48 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,” Mr O’Donnell added.