According to the national utility, securing the water supply in Fingal remains a top priority for Irish Water as intensive campaigns continue to reduce seepage into the swamps and improve water supplies to homes and businesses.
These projects continue to be delivered as part of Irish Water’s National Leakage Reduction Programme, which is providing significant benefits to local communities across Ireland, including improved water quality, a more secure water supply and considerable water savings. .
Working in partnership with Fingal County Council, Irish Water will replace more than 250 meters of old and damaged, cast-iron water mains with modern, state-of-the-art pipes. This section of work will progress north to Bridge Street along Church Road. Cast iron mains can, over time, become clogged over them which can significantly affect water quality and pressure. Replacing these old, damaged pipes with new, modern pipework will significantly improve water quality and reduce the incidence of bursts, outages and low pressure affecting customers in Swords. The project, which begins next week, represents a significant investment by Irish Water and is expected to be completed by the end of August.
Highlighting the importance of these upgrades, Matt Thomson, Leakage Reduction Program Regional Lead with Irish Water, said: “We are pleased to announce this major investment in Swords. Replacing these old and damaged, cast iron water mains is the first step in dealing with water quality, pressure and leakage issues affecting homes and businesses. These actions will not only reduce the amount of drinking water from seepage, but will also significantly improve water quality for the local community as well as a more reliable supply for generations to come.
“To minimize the impact on the local community, we are distributing these tasks on a phased basis to smaller sections with limited work areas.”
Matt said: “On behalf of Irish Waters, I would like to thank the local community in advance for their patience and cooperation as traffic management will be essential as the project progresses.
“However, based on past experiences, we know that the short-term discomfort will outweigh the long-term benefits.”
The project also includes laying new water service connections from the public water main in the road to the customer’s property boundaries and connecting it to the customer’s water supply.
Work on Church Road will require a temporary road closure that has been approved by the local authority and notified locally. The road will remain closed from Monday, July 25 to Friday, August 19. During this time the traffic flow will be diverted from Brackenstown Road and Rathbeale Road with only local access and emergency service access.
The project would also require some short-term supply interruptions in the water supply that could cause inconvenience to both businesses and local residents. Affected families will be informed in advance.
At least 48 hours notice is given prior to any planned water interruption and the project is being delivered by GMC Utilities Limited on behalf of Irish Water.
Irish Water will also seek progress with water main replacement works on Bridge Street, Swords, later in August. The details of any further upgrades will be communicated locally once confirmed.
Fixing leaks can be complicated but we are making progress. The leakage rate nationally was 46% in 2018, which was reduced to 38% by the end of 2021. We are on track to achieve a national leakage rate of 25% by the end of 2030. For more information, please visit www.water.ie/reducingleaks,
The Irish Water Customer Care Helpline is open 24/7 on 1800 278 278 and customers can contact us on Twitter @IWCare with any questions. Please visit the Water Supply Updates section of the Irish Water website for updates.
Irish Water is responsible for the delivery of all public water and wastewater services in Ireland. We are committed to the continual upgrade and development of critical infrastructure to support the development needed in housing and our economy, while protecting the environment and protecting the water supply.