Cllr. Jerry O’Dea, Mayor of the Metropolitan District of Limerick, has welcomed an announcement by Irish Water of a €6.5 million investment in the Limerick City Water Mains Rehabilitation Project.
The works to be undertaken by Irish Water will see the replacement of 11.1 kilometres of problematic water mains and the decommissioning of 13.4 kilometres of problematic shared lead service pipes in various locations around the city, including St. Mary’s Park and Ballinacurra Road.
“This is very good news for Limerick and the communities in the affected areas in particular, as it will eliminate the health risk associated with the lead connections,” said O’Dea.
“These works, once completed, will also resolve the other water quality problems and maintenance issues associated with the cast iron network. The works are especially welcome considering they follow on from similar works completed in Ballynanty and most of Kileely in the past year,” he said.
Irish Water says the project will reduce leakage, improve customer supply and provide increased protection to human health, while also saving an estimated 11 million litres of water per week in Limerick City.
Aisling Buckley, Regional Information Officer at Irish Water, said, “Irish Water has already completed water main rehabilitation and replacement of lead services in Ballynanty and Kileely in Limerick City and worked closely with communities in those areas to deliver those projects. We look forward to commencing work on the next stage of water main rehabilitation and delivering improved water supply infrastructure to Limerick City.”