IRISH Water, working in partnership with Waterford City and County Council, are currently surveying the sewer network in both Waterford City and Dungarvan – the first time surveys of this scale are being carried out in these locations.
The work will allow Irish Water to assess the capacity, condition and performance level of the sewer network and will be taken into account in Drainage Area Plans for both urban areas.
Irish Water is investing over €2.5 million to develop these plans which will help to improve the performance of the wastewater network, protect the environment and facilitate social and economic development over the coming years.
The works involve using CCTV to survey almost 40km of sewers, mapping and inspecting an estimated 4,500 manholes, and monitoring the wastewater and rainwater flows in the network. Limited or no traffic disruption is expected throughout it.
This work is part of Irish Water’s commitment to protecting Ireland’s waterways and coastal areas and ensuring that the wastewater infrastructure is in place to support population growth and economic development.
Factory Road, Portlaw
Last week, work also commenced at Factory Road in Portlaw to improve water quality, reliability of water supply and reduce leakage.
The works have been designed to alleviate water quality issues resulting in a ‘Boil Water Notice’ for a small number of residents and businesses along Factory Road. Following commissioning and testing of the works, consideration to lifting the restriction will be carried out in consultation with, and on the advice of, the HSE with whom Irish Water is liaising on an ongoing basis.
Irish Water, working in partnership with Waterford City & County Council, is replacing 300 metres of problematic water mains as part of these works. The old, damaged cast iron pipes will be replaced with modern, polyethylene (plastic) pipes.
Irish Water would like to remind residents and businesses along Factory Road that the Boil Water Notice remains in place until further notice. The works may involve some short-term water shut offs and the project team will ensure that customers are given a minimum of 48 hours’ notice prior to any planned water shut offs.
Customers can phone Irish Water on callsave 1850 278 278 if they have any further questions about the project.