TWO months of water works are about to start in Portlaoise, as old and damaged water mains are replaced.
The works are due to start next week and will continue until mid-October, according to Irish Water.
Working with Laois County Council, the facility plans to replace over 750 metres of old water mains with modern new pipes in the Marian Avenue estate, just off the Old Knockmay Road.
Irish Water says replacing these old, damaged pipes with new, modern pipework will greatly improve water quality and reduce instances of bursts, outages and low-pressure affecting customers in the area.
In a statement today, Irish Water said the project may involve some short-term supply interruptions, which may cause inconvenience. However, the project team “will ensure that customers are given a minimum of 48 hours’ notice” prior to any planned water interruptions.
The statement said: “To minimise the impact on the local community, we are delivering these works on a phased basis with areas of work limited to short sections.
“Traffic management will be in place during this time in the form of a stop/go traffic management system. Local and emergency traffic will be maintained at all times.”
The facility said that the works will not only reduce the amount of drinking water lost to leakage but will also significantly improve water quality for the local community, as well as delivering a much more reliable supply for generations to come.
Regional Delivery Lead at Irish Water Joe Carroll said: “We are delighted to announce this major investment for Laois. Replacing these old and damaged pipes is a first step in tackling water quality, pressure and leakage issues which have been affecting homes and businesses.”
“On behalf of Irish Water, I would like to thank the local community in Portlaoise in advance for their patience and cooperation, as traffic management will be necessary as the project progresses. However, based on previous experiences, we know that the short-term inconvenience will be overshadowed by the long-term benefits.”
The works also involve laying new water service connections from the public water main in the road to customers’ property boundaries and connecting it to the customers’ water supply.
The project is being carried out by Ward & Burke Construction Ltd on behalf of Irish Water.
The Irish Water customer care helpline is open 24/7 on 1800 278 278 and customers can also contact Irish Water on Twitter @IWCare with any queries. For updates, visit the Water Supply Updates section of the Irish Water website.