16 November 2020 - Irish Water, in partnership with Offaly County Council, has saved over 8 million litres of water daily across Co. Offaly, enough water to supply over 63,000 people per day, as a result of leakage reduction and repair works across the county. The works involved replacing almost 30km of old and damaged water mains in several towns and villages across Offaly as well as providing new service connections; find and fixing leaks; controlling and managing pressure more effectively to improve security of water supply. This has significantly reduced the number of bursts and water outages, resulting in a more reliable water supply for homes and business in Offaly.
Since the commencement of the works over 436 public side leaks have been repaired through our Find and Fix Scheme resulting in over 5 million litres of water saved per day. That is the same amount of water as the average daily use of over 41,000 people. Working in collaboration with Offaly County Council and Ward and Buke, Irish Water continues to mobilise crews across the county to find leaks and carry out repairs on the supply network.
New water mains were installed in Newtown; Clonin; Tullamore; Edenderry; Rhode; Mountbolus; Brosna and Crinkill. In addition, 155 households in the county had leaks on their property’s external supply pipe repaired at no cost to the customer through Irish Water’s First Fix Free scheme. The First Fix Free scheme offers free leak investigations and repairs to customers where a constant flow of water is found on their external water supply pipe. The scheme alone has resulted in almost 2 million litres of water every day being saved.
Irish Water is also investing a further €22 million to upgrade the Tullamore and Birr Water Supply Schemes which will significantly improve the drinking water quality and safeguard the water supply a further 18,000 homes and businesses in the most populated areas of County Offaly. This will provide a dependable and secure drinking water supply and will also ensure that both towns have the required water infrastructure to support ongoing economic growth and social development.
Commenting on the works, Jerry Cleary, Field Engineer with Irish Water’s Leakage Reduction Programme, said “Since being involved in the Leakage Reduction Programme across County Offaly, I have seen first-hand how efforts to tackle leakage through the different types of work streams have benefited local residents and businesses while continuing to improve and safeguard the water supply in the county. In 2018 the rate of leakage nationally was 46%, by the end of 2019 it was 42% and we are currently on course to achieve a national leakage rate of 38% by 2021. We would like to thank the communities, businesses, homeowners and commuters for their patience and cooperation as we continue to deliver vital network improvement works across the county helping safeguard the water supply
Seamus Walshe, Executive Engineer, Water Services, Offaly County Council, said “As a result of the collaborative work between Irish Water and Offaly County Council, local communities across Offaly are enjoying a more secure and reliable water supply. Fixing leaks can be complicated with over 63,000km of water pipe in Ireland. Most leaks aren’t visible, resulting in precious water being lost, but we are making progress and efforts to reduce leakage are continuing through the national Leakage Reduction Programme. We remain committed to successfully delivering this programme of works and improving the overall water supply in County Offaly.
Irish Water continues to work in partnership with local authorities across Ireland to reduce leaks every day. As part of Irish Water’s national Leakage Reduction Programme, €500 million is being invested up to the end of 2021 to reduce the level of leakage across the country by fixing and replacing old and damaged water mains. This will ensure a safe, reliable water supply which is vital for our health, our environment and our growing population and economy. For more information, please visit www.water.ie/reducingleaks.
Irish Water continues to work with our Local Authority partners, contractors and others to safeguard the health and well-being of both staff and the public and to ensure the continuity of critical drinking water and wastewater services. Irish Water would like to remind people to follow the HSE COVID-19 advice and ensure frequent handwashing