Sandymount residents facing year-long water disruption as Irish Water announces pipe replacement project
Residents of Sandymount in Dublin face up to 12 months of disruption as Irish Water has announced the start of major infrastructure work in the coming weeks.
Rish Water said more than 80,000 Dubliners will benefit from a “more sustainable and safer” water supply as a result of the project to replace a centuries-old pipeline in the region.
Working with Dublin City Council, the organization said it had identified the main artery running along Sandymount’s Beach Road and Strand Road.
According to Irish Water, the pipe “needs to be completely replaced due to its age and deteriorating condition” and work is due to start at the end of September.
To facilitate the project, Strand Road will be restricted to northbound and southbound traffic following a posted detour for the duration of the works. The project is scheduled to be completed by early summer 2023.
According to Irish Water, the project is part of a broader strategy to manage water supplies across the city by reducing leakage and ensuring a safer and more reliable supply to homes and businesses.
Project manager Matthew Thomson said: “Of almost 10,000 km of pipeline in the Dublin area, almost 800 km were installed before 1930 and almost 1,000 km laid before 1940.
“This section of the pipeline was built almost 100 years ago and is in very poor condition. It runs under Beach and Strand Road and serves the east part of Dublin City.
“Over the past decade, cases of pipe bursts and leaks have increased due to their fragile and deteriorating condition, resulting in major operational challenges to limit supply disruptions and perform complex repairs
“We are pleased to announce this major investment as part of the Leakage Reduction Program that will alleviate these issues and bring this critical part of Dublin’s water network into the 21st century.”
He added: “We recognize that upgrades to our critical infrastructure can be disruptive to the local community and road users and as such we are using innovative and modern engineering techniques to reduce the impact of the works.
“Based on past experience, we know that the short-term inconveniences will be overshadowed by the long-term benefits that the new pipeline will bring.”
Also referred to as “mains,” arterial water lines are often referred to as the “highways” of the water network, transporting a significant volume of water under high pressure. Leaks in these pipes can result in the loss of large amounts of treated water.
Dublin City Council Chief Engineer Stephen Burke added: “This is a complex project which will involve work on a variety of underground utilities such as gas, telecoms and electricity.
“Disconnecting a main line for modernization work poses a significant challenge to maintaining the city’s service.
“To this end, Dublin City Council and Irish Water have undertaken extensive modernization work at key strategic checkpoints in recent years. These upgrades improve our ability to reroute water around the mainline in question to facilitate planned network expansions.”