Water works at Square until June
Irish Water will start works in Fitzwilliam Square, Wicklow town in the coming weeks to replace aging water mains.
The works are due for completion by the end of June.
The section of works will take place between Abbey Street and Fitzwilliam Square and 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. The works will be carried out by Ward and Burke Ltd, on behalf of Irish Water.
The works will involve the replacement of approximately 350 metres of aged cast iron and problematic water mains with high density polyethylene (plastic) pipes.
Joe Carroll, Irish Water's Leakage Reduction Programme Regional Lead said: 'The replacement of these aging water mains in Wicklow Town will improve security of supply for local residents and businesses alike. Replacing the existing water mains with new modern pipes will provide a long-term solution to ensure a safe and secure water supply is delivered to customers.
'Irish Water understands this type of work can be inconvenient and will ensure our work crews make every effort to minimise any disruption these works may cause.'
Irish Water maintain that the works will provide plenty of benefits, including a more reliable water supply. Replacing old water mains and service connections will reduce the instances of bursts and water outages to customers and local businesses in the area.
Operational and maintenance costs will also be reduced as the network operation will require less maintenance.
The works will take place in short sections in order to limit impact on customers. Traffic management will be in place during this time with stop/go arrangements or temporary traffic lights in place on Fitzwilliam Square as required.
Works may involve some short-term water shut offs and customers will be given a minimum of 48 hours' notice prior to any planned water shut offs.
A local road closure is required for a section of the works which will be in place for a number of days on Fitzwilliam Square from the junction with Abbey Street to the junction with Bridge Street.
The local community affected will be directly notified in advance of the closure. There may be local diversions in place for the duration of the works. Local and emergency traffic will be maintained at all times.