€5.5m upgrade of Limerick’s water supply network

David Hurley

Reporter:

David Hurley

RESIDENTS in Ballinacurra Weston, Prospect and parts of Garryowen have received a major boost with confirmation that the Government has approved a multi-million euro plan to upgrade the water supply network in the three areas.

RESIDENTS in Ballinacurra Weston, Prospect and parts of Garryowen have received a major boost with confirmation that the Government has approved a multi-million euro plan to upgrade the water supply network in the three areas.

More than 7km of water mains are to be replaced as part of the project along with more than 19km of water pipes which are located on private property.

The works, which will cost €5.5m to complete, are expected to begin early next year once contractors are appointed.

Dave Keane, senior engineer with Limerick City Council, says the works will reduce the amount of leaks in the water system and will resolve problems with water pressure which have been experienced by some residents in recent years.

The upgrade works will facilitate the decommissioning of more that 19.4km of lead pipes - some of which were installed more than a century ago.

The works are expected to last around 18 months once they begin.