Irish Water working in partnership with Galway City Council is investing €10 million to replace 19 kilometres of ageing water mains throughout Galway City. These mains have been prone to leakage and bursts resulting in outages and reduced water pressure at times. It is estimated that up to 50 per cent of treated water running through these pipes is lost through leakage making this a high priority project for Irish Water. The project also includes the replacement of approximately 1,300 lead service connections and 700 private side service connections.
As a result of this major investment by Irish Water, residents businesses and visitors to the city will enjoy a better quality of water service with fewer interruptions, less leakage and improved water pressure.
Works will be carried out in Prospect Hill, Claddagh, Bohermore, Shantalla, Rahoon, Newcastle, Taylor’s Hill, Mervue, Roscam and Coolagh. Work on the ground is estimated to start in June 2018 and will take approximately 21 months to complete. Shareridge Limited has been awarded the contract for this essential project.
Commenting on the project Padraig Hanly, Irish Water’s Programme Regional Lead said: “The replacement of ageing water mains in Galway City will ensure customers have a more reliable and secure water supply. Burst water mains are a common problem across the country resulting from decades of under investment in water infrastructure. Irish Water is committed to addressing this and the replacement of these ageing water mains is part of Irish Water’s ongoing investment in Ireland’s water infrastructure.”
The project will be carried out in stages and will be limited to short sections at a time to minimise disruption to residents, businesses and road users. The works will involve some short-term water shut offs for a number of hours over a day or two in each area when the pipes are being connected to the new water mains. The project team will ensure that householders and businesses are advised of any works in their area and will be given a minimum of 48 hours prior notice of any planned water shut offs.
Traffic management measures will be in place for the duration of the works which may cause some disruption but local access will be maintained at all times.
Irish Water spent over €526 million on water services in 2017. Capital investment in the region of €700 million per year is needed for a sustained period of several decades to address the poor condition of Ireland’s water infrastructure. Works have been prioritised to address the most critical issues in line with commitments outlined in Irish Water’s Business Plan up to 2021. Delivery of the business plan will involve a €5.5bn investment in capital spending on drinking water and wastewater quality and capacity and new infrastructure up to 2021 while achieving efficiencies of €1.6bn.