Dublin City Council progresses with replacing another 19km of old and leaking water mains in Dublin City

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Friday, 7th June 2013: Following approval by the Minister for Environment, Community and Local Government the Dublin Region Water mains Rehabilitation Project will commence another major improvement contract in Dublin City to replace old leaking Victorian water mains on next Monday 10th June 2013.  This next phase of water mains improvements will take place in the Gardiner Street, Camden Street Upper, Clanwilliam Place, Sean Moore Road, Terenure Road North, Christchurch Place and Crumlin Cross areas.

“The Project, managed by Dublin City Council, has already replaced 140km of water mains as part of an overall integrated investment programme across Dublin.  The benefits of this new contract will include a further reduction in leakage from pipes, improved water pressure to homes and businesses, and improved levels of service and security of supply,” according to Tom Leahy, Executive Manager (Engineering) with Dublin City Council.

The project team is working closely with businesses and An Garda Siochána to manage traffic while the works are underway and delays will be kept to a minimum.  People are advised to plan their journeys and give themselves enough time if they have to cross the works.

“We always work closely with all our customers in the vicinity of the works to provide plenty of advance notice of any interruptions to supply, which are minimised, and are limited to approximately 10 hours,” says Ronan O’Rourke, Project Manager, Dublin City Council.  “We endeavour to keep non-domestic customers supplied with water during the works, where possible.”

Regular updates and maps outlining where and when work is taking place are available at www.watermainsrehab.com.  People can contact the project’s customer communications team on lo-call 1890 88 24 10 (Monday - Friday 9am-5pm) for more information.

The €5.8 million contract will continue for approximately 12 months and is being delivered by GMC Utilities Group.

This type of work has already been carried out in Dublin City, including in very busy areas like the Merrion Road, South Circular Road, Kilmainham, Grand Canal, Drumcondra Road and Pembroke Road as well as in Dun Laoghaire, Fingal, South Dublin, Bray and Wicklow without prolonged disruption to traffic or water supplies.

The water rehabilitation project is funded by the Department of the Environment, Community & Local Government (90%) and by the Local Authorities (10%) and managed by Dublin City Council on behalf of the seven local authorities in Dublin, Kildare, Wicklow and Bray.


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Notes to Editor

Over 9,000km of watermains pump in excess of 545 million litres of clean drinking water per day to homes and businesses in Dublin. It is the equivalent of 218 Olympic Swimming pools full of water used every day in the Dublin Region. 
Since 2007, when it started, the Dublin Region Watermains Rehabilitation programme has replaced 140km of leaking watermains throughout the region with modern new heavy duty polyethylene pipes. 
As a result, 13 million litres of water per day that was being lost is now being saved each day.
People are asked to save water and to turn off the tap; wet your toothbrush and turn off the tap when brushing teeth, take showers instead of baths and use a water butt to collect rainwater for gardening instead of watering the lawn. Lawns should never be watered. If they dry out in fine weather, they recover and repair themselves as soon as it rains.