By Dan Walsh
Working in partnership with Wexford County Council, Irish Water’s Leakage Reduction Programme Find and Fix Scheme was stepped up in Enniscorthy in late June in a bid to tackle leakage levels around the town. The programme has been a huge success and has resulted in the saving of thousands of litres of water in Enniscorthy.
Speaking to WexfordLocal.com, Irish Water’s Network Programme Regional Lead, Joe Carroll said; ‘In Enniscorthy, the teams have intensely investigated and repaired 29 leaks on the towns network in the last two months which is saving 25,000 litres per hour in night leakage flows. These savings are further demonstrated by a reduction of 100,000 litres of water per day treated at the Edermine borehole, a reduction of 400,000 litres of water per day treated at the Vinegar Hill Water Treatment Plant, the pumps operating at 22 hours per day instead of 24 hours per day, and the towns reservoirs are now continuously maintaining their storage capacities.
“To contextualise these figures, a standard sized domestic wheelie bin would hold approximately 240 litres of water. The amount of water being saved at the Vinegar Hill WTP is close 1,600 wheelie bins worth a day. There would have been some short water ‘shut offs’ during the times of the repairs and we understand this was an inconvenience, but we are confident this short-term inconvenience will be beneficial in the longer term.
“We would like to thank the homes and businesses of the town for their patience as we delivered this vital water network improvement around the town. I would also like to thank our crews for their hard work to achieve these fantastic results,” concluded Mr Carroll.
The size and scale of the leakage challenge around the country is well documented, however the Enniscorthy work, carried out as part of Irish Water’s Leakage Reduction Programme will see €500m invested nationally to tackle problematic pipes and leakage in Ireland’s ageing water network.
Irish Water is working with their Local Authority partners, contractors and others to safeguard the health and well-being of both staff and the public and to ensure the continuity of critical drinking water and wastewater services. Irish Water would like to remind people to follow the HSE COVID-19 advice and ensure frequent handwashing.