By Dan Walsh
Irish Water and Wexford County Council, this week commenced the replacement 580 metres of problematic water mains in Ramstown Lower, Gorey, which will improve water quality for the community and forms part of Irish Water’s National Leakage Reduction Programme.
The works also involve laying new water service connections from the public water main in the road to customers’ property boundaries and connecting it to the customers’ water supply.
Cllr Andrew Bolger has welcomed the developments in Gorey and told WexfordLocal.com today; “I’m glad to see this work being granted for Gorey. This pipe had to be repaired on a number of occasions and caused outages for Gorey Town. Improvement’s to water quality is an issue that I have been raising for quite some time now and I have raised the need for this pipe to be replaced at the Transport and Water Special Policy Committee Meetings.”
The works, being carried out by Shareridge Civil Engineering on behalf of Irish Water, will take place on the Fort Road and are expected to be completed by the end of November.
Outlining the benefits the mains replacement will bring, Joe Carroll from Irish Water, explained: “Replacing these old and problematic pipes in Ramstown Lower, that have a history of bursting, will reduce the drinking water lost by leakage and will bring an all-round improvement to water quality for the local community.
Mr Carroll added; “To facilitate the safe delivery of the upgrades, there may be some traffic management in place, however, local and emergency access will be maintained at all times.
“Works will be limited to short sections to minimise any impact on customers. During this project there may be some short-term water outages and the project team will ensure that customers are given a minimum of 48 hours notice before any planned water outages.
“We understand that road works and water outages can be inconvenient, but our crews will make every effort to minimise disruption to local communities as we continue to improve the water supply in Wexford and progress the National Leakage Reduction Programme.”
Irish Water’s customer care helpline is open 24/7 on 1800 278 278 and customers can also contact us on Twitter @IWCare with any queries. For updates please visit the Water Supply Updates section of the Irish Water website or set your location on our website www.water.ie
For more information on reducing leaks visit National Leakage Reduction Programme page.