Irish Water is to begin replacing old lead pipes
IRISH Water is to begin replacing old water pipes around Limerick city in a bid to tackle leakage.
New water mains will shortly be installed by Irish Water contractors. Old back yard service pipes and lead pipes will also removed in a number of areas around Limerick city in the coming months.
Irish Water has identified a number of areas in the city where the pipe network is in particularly poor condition and customers living in these areas will be contacted directly by Shareridge Ltd to assess their current water connection arrangement.
Many of the pipes connecting the public water mains to individual properties in the city are currently made of cast iron or, in some cases, lead. These pipes are old and in poor condition, and often have high levels of leakage.
The presence of lead in drinking water is also recognised as a health concern.
“By replacing this old pipework with modern, plastic pipes, we will significantly reduce the instances of bursts and water outages and will ensure a reliable supply of water to residents and local businesses in the area,” said Alan Morrissey, of the Irish Water leakage reduction programme.
Work to replace lead service connections will take place in the following locations: South Circular Road, Laurel Hill Avenue, Dublin Road, Pennywell Road, Summerville Avenue, Bridgets Street, Clare Street, Courtbrack Avenue, New Street and St Patrick’s Road.
More info can be found on www.water.ie or by calling Callsave 1850 278 278.