Old pipes on display at a drop in information evening in Carlow recently
Irish Water will soon replace ageing backyard water mains and provide new service connections for customers in Graiguecullen, the water utility has confirmed.
The works will involve decommissioning approximately 3.6 kilometres of old cast iron back yard water mains.
A total of 2.5 kilometres of new water mains will be constructed along the public road and new service connections will be installed from the new water main to each customer’s property.
The communities to benefit from these improvement works are: Governey Park; Whitney Place; Colclough Avenue; Sleaty Street; Duggan Avenue; Maher Road; St Clare's Road; Derrig Avenue; Pearse Road; Pacelli Avenue; Staunton Avenue; Croppy Place and St Fiacc's Terrace.
The works also involve decommissioning of a further 700 metres of old cast iron back yard mains.
New water mains have already been constructed along the public road in these areas therefore works only require new service connections to be installed from the new water main to each customer’s property.
The communities to benefit from these improvement works are: Maryborough Street; Chapel Street; Church Street; The Numbers and Henry Street.
Irish Water says it is likely that the service connections currently serving these properties from the old back yard services in Graiguecullen are made from lead.
All new service connections will be made with modern high density polyethylene (HDPE) plastic pipes to ensure a safer, more reliable supply of water to customers in the area.
These works will be carried out by Coffey Northumbrian Ltd in partnership with Carlow County Council on behalf of Irish Water.
Speaking at the event about the benefits of the works, Irish Water’s Leakage Reduction Programme Lead for Carlow Mark O’Duffy said: "This is a significant investment in water services in Graiguecullen.
"The benefits of the works are quite significant, customers will experience a more Reliable Water Supply - replacing the old water mains with new water mains and service connections will reduce the instances of bursts and water outages and will ensure a reliable supply of water to customers in the area.
"The works will also reduce leaks – replacement of old water mains and service connections in poor condition will eliminate existing leaks and reduce the amount of clean drinking water lost into the ground.
"This will also mean improved water quality – removing existing old cast iron and lead from the water network and replacing them with new plastic pipes will reduce the risk of contamination.
"In addition, these works will deliver cost savings by providing improved water network operation that will require less maintenance in the future."
The works when they commence 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.
Where water mains are being constructed traffic management may be in place during this time. Local and emergency traffic will be maintained at all times.