ARKLOW FACING WATER DISRUPTION AS OLD PIPES TO BE REPLACED
SOME Arklow residents will face water disruption in the coming months as Irish Water works to replace 2.7km of old problematic public water mains on the north side of the town.
The work is to be carried out as part of the National Leakage Programme launched by Irish Water to improve water quality and reduce high levels of leakage. Work will commence next week and will be overseen by Irish Water and Wicklow County Council.
The old water mains will be replaced with high density polyethylene (plastic) pipe material and it is envisaged that there will be fewer bursts and leaks once the pipes have been replaced.
The communities that will be affected by these works include Sea Road, Beresford Terrace, Wicklow Terrace, Worsborough Terrace, Seaview Avenue and Clogg Lane.
‘The section of works will take place along the Sea Road (R750), from the junction with Ferrybank to the Cluain Árd junction,’ said Irish Water’s Water Network Regional Lead, Joe Carroll.
‘The works will also involve laying new water service connections from the public water main in the road to customers’ property boundaries and connecting it to the customers’ water supply. Where the existing service connections on the public side are lead, these will be replaced as part of this improvement work,’ said Mr Carroll.
He said that areas of work will be limited to short sections to minimise impact on customers.
‘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. Traffic management will be in place during this time. Local and emergency traffic will be maintained at all times.
‘We understand that this type of work can be inconvenient and works crews will make every effort to minimise any disruption these necessary works cause,’ he said.
The news was welcomed by Wicklow County Councillor Pat Fitzgerald who said the works will be carried out over six months.
‘It is my understanding that similar works in other areas of the town will be carried out in future programmes.
‘The benefits of the works will far outweigh the disruptions that may occur over the duration of the scheme,’ said Cllr Fitzgerald.