WORK on replacing old cast iron water pipes with the plastic variety has begun at St Brigid’s Place and Parkview in Portlaoise.
Irish Water said the work is needed to reduce leaks and improve water pressure to homes and businesses, which the utility says “will reduce operational and maintenance costs, as the new pipes will require less maintenance”.
The upgrading is expected to be completed sometime in May.
Joe Carroll from Irish water said: “Replacing these ageing water mains will improve supply for residents and businesses, providing a long-term solution and a safer water supply for customers.
“Irish Water understands this type of work is inconvenient and will ensure our work crews make every effort to minimise any disruption it may cause.”
The work will be done in short sections to limit the impact on customers. Traffic management will also be in place during this time, while local and emergency traffic will be maintained at all times.
Customers will be given a minimum of 48 hours’ notice for any planned short-term water shut-offs and questions can be put to Irish Water on 1850 278278.