Ian O'Mahony of Irish Water with Mayor Stephen Kear yand Caroline Curley of Limerick City and County Council Picture: Sean Curtin
IRISH Water has upgraded its fleet of vehicles in Limerick at a cost of €1.3m.
The State-owned utility says 59 new vans have been bought to replace the existing fleet of vehicles currently operating across the city and county.
The average age of vehicles in the old fleet was eight.
According to Irish Water, the new modern fleet will enable Limerick City and County Council staff, working on its behalf, to carry out their work in greater safety, while also being able to respond faster and more effectively to issues with the water and wastewater infrastructure as they arise.
“We are delighted to be in a position to hand over this new fleet of vans to Limerick City and County Council. This investment in a modern, efficient fleet of vans will enable personnel to carry out their work in a much safer and more efficient manner, ultimately improving the service we offer to our customers,” said Ian O’Mahony, Irish Water’s Operations Lead for Limerick.
“Having a safe, properly managed modern fleet will enable more effective inspection, servicing and maintenance of Irish Water’s water and wastewater assets throughout Limerick. This fleet will also enable staff to respond to emergencies much quicker, in line with all regulatory requirements," he added.
Caroline Curley, Director of Service with Limerick City and County Council, has welcomed the upgrade of the fleet.
“We are very pleased to take delivery of this new fleet of service vehicles. Having an efficient, modern fleet of vans will ensure that our staff can continue to provide top class delivery of water and wastewater services to the people of Limerick city and county.”
The new fleet comprises Peugeot, Opel and Ford vans.
Irish Water says extensive consultation has taken place with the local authority staff and management to ensure that these vehicles are fit for purpose and will meet all operational requirements.