Irish Water set to work on burst prone mains in Portarlington

Traffic disruption is expected

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Irish Water works on the Canal Road, Portarlington ongt

Some water disruption and traffic delays are likely in Portarlington as work is set to begin to replace a stretch of burst prone old water mains.

Irish Water, working in partnership with Laois County Council, is beginning work on Monday, 22 January to replace 162 metres of mains at Rosecourt in the Laois/Offaly town.

It is expected the work in Rosecourt will take six weeks to complete. The works may involve some short-term water shut offs. Irish Water says the project team will ensure that customers are given a minimum of 48 hours prior notice of any planned water shut offs.

There are likely to be some traffic delays but a traffic  management system will be in place for the duration of the works. Local and emergency traffic will be maintained at all times.

The utility also confirmed that replacement of 600 metres of ageing water mains on Canal Road in Portarlington will be substantially complete this week. The company said it is replacing the water mains to provide a more reliable water supply for customers.

The existing old and damaged public water mains  will be replaced with high density polyethylene (plastic) or ductile iron pipes. The works will also see the replacement of old damaged service connections. These are the water pipes which join Irish Water’s public main to a customer’s property.

The  company says benefits of the projects include a more reliable and secure water supply, improved water quality and reducing leakage in the network, while also allowing for future development in the town and surrounding areas. Cost savings will also be made and less maintenance is likely to be needed in future.

Georgina O’Reilly is Irish Water's Regional Lead for the Water Network Programme.

“These sections of water mains in Portarlington have experienced bursts over the years resulting in a number of water outages for local residents and businesses and impacting the reliability of the water supply . Replacing the ageing water mains with a new modern pipe will provide a long term solution to ensure a safe and secure water supply is delivered to customers. These projects are part of Irish Water’s commitment to invest in Ireland’s water infrastructure which has been underinvested in for decades,” she said.

The utility added that the works are being carried out as part of Irish Water’s national Leakage Reduction Programme. As part of this programme Irish Water is investing over €500 million over the next four years to reduce leakage and remove old damaged pipes from the public water network.

The company says this will help to ensure that we have a clean, safe and reliable public water supply now and into the future to support our growing population and economy.

Residents and businesses in the area of the works have been notified and customers can phone Irish Water on call save 1850 278 278 if they have any questions about the project.

Further information on Irish Water’s Leakage Reduction Programme is also available on the Irish Water website www.water.ie