Water pipe replacement work at Clara housing estate to start next week

Thu Jul 28, 2022 2:01pm

A project involving the replacement of nearly 500 meters of old and damaged cast-iron water mains in Clara’s Marian Square housing development is due to begin next week.

In a statement today (Thursday), Irish Water said the project would represent “a significant investment” in the region, with work on site expected to continue until the end of October.

Some traffic management measures will be required during the project, Irish Water said, but said the work would be carried out in short increments to minimize disruption.

The old water mains in the area are to be replaced with “new state-of-the-art pipes” and this will “significantly improve water quality and reduce the instances of bursts, outages and low pressure affecting customers in the area,” Irish Water said.

“We are delighted to announce this significant investment for Offaly,” commented Joe Carroll, Irish Water’s Regional Delivery Lead.

“Replacing these old and damaged pipes is a first step in solving water quality, pressure and leakage issues that are affecting homes and businesses.

“The works will not only reduce the amount of drinking water lost through spills, but will also significantly improve water quality for the local community and provide a much more reliable supply for generations to come.”

He added: “On behalf of Irish Water I would like to thank the local community in advance for their patience and cooperation.

“Traffic management will be necessary over the course of the project, but based on past experience we know that the short-term inconveniences will be overshadowed by the long-term benefits.”

The works also include the laying of new water supply connections from the public water main in the street to the customer’s property line and connection to the customer’s water supply.

The project is being carried out by Ward & Burke Construction Ltd on behalf of Irish Water and is due to be completed by the end of October.

Thu Jul 28, 2022 2:01pm

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