Works that began in early October to replace problematic watermains along the Gold Coast Road are now complete. The works involved replacing approximately 1450 metres of water mains with new modern pipes. These works were carried out as part of Irish Water’s National Leakage Reduction Programme, which has seen €500m invested by the utility to reduce leakage nationally to 38% by the end of last year, 2021. Full reinstatement of the road is expected to be completed in spring 2022.
Joe Carroll, Networks Regional Lead with Irish Water, said: “We are delighted to have successfully delivered an improved water supply to customers along the Gold Coast Road, by replacing these water mains. We would like to thank the local community for their patience while we were working in the area. As well as an improved water supply for the communities along the Gold Coast Road and surrounding areas in Dungarvan, the works will also deliver efficiencies including cost savings by providing improved water network operation that will require less maintenance in the future. We have also achieved very notable leakage savings with the equivalent of almost 1000 peoples average daily use saved through the rehabilitation works.”
Pat McCarthy, who is a Senior Engineer with Waterford City and County Council was also pleased to see the works being delivered, “The existing water mains were problematic for some time, so it’s great to see the works complete. The replacement of these pipes and service connections will reduce the instances of bursts and water outages, ensuring a more reliable supply of water to customers and local businesses in the area. It will also eliminate existing leaks and reduce the amount of clean drinking water lost into the ground.”
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