By Dan Walsh
Uisce Éireann, working in partnership with Wexford County Council, is replacing almost 2km of aged water mains with new modern pipes in the areas of Ballysilla and Lacken. The project, which will commence this week, is part of the National Leakage Reduction Programme.
The works are a critical step in conserving this precious resource and reducing high levels of leakage which have been a significant source of disruption and interruptions for customers.
This project will also increase pipe flow capacity and maintain supply during peak demand periods for properties along the Airfield Road, in Ballybogan Upper and Mullinagower.
The works will 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.
Outlining the benefits the water mains replacement project will bring, Joe Carroll, Regional Delivery Lead at Uisce Éireann, explained to WexfordLocal.com; “Old and damaged water mains are a huge source of leakage and continue to impact communities right across Ireland, causing low pressure and supply disruption. Replacing these old water mains in poor condition will eliminate existing leaks and significantly reduce the amount of clean drinking water lost into the ground.”
Mr. Carroll added; “I would like to thank the local community in advance for their patience and co-operation during the works, we know based on previous experiences that the short-term inconvenience will be overshadowed by the long-term benefits.
“Where water mains are being constructed traffic management will be in place during this time. Local and emergency traffic will be always maintained,” he concluded.
These works are being carried out by Shareridge Civil Engineering in partnership with Wexford County Council on behalf of Uisce Éireann and are due to be completed by the end of March.
Uisce Eireann’s care helpline is open 24/7 on 1800 278 278 and customers can also make contact on Twitter @IWCare with any queries. For updates please visit the Water Supply Updates section of the Uisce Éireann website or set your location on the website www.water.ie