Irish Water has confirmed that a 450mm new trunk water main will be commissioned and made operational to facilitate an alternative water supply to Celbridge in the event of a future burst main on the existing supply line.
Dep Frank O'Rourke said: “After the water mains burst again in January in Celbridge, I met last month with Irish Water, in Dail Eireann, to raise the issues surrounding the burst water main. It caused severe disruption which affected many homes and businesses in Celbridge. When it burst, it caused major disruption to residents, businesses, nursing homes, schools etc.
“At that time, Irish Water acknowledges the difficulties caused, and gave me a commitment that they would propose a solution to the problem."
He said Irish Water has informed him that they will reconfigure the water network by bringing a new 450mm trunk main into use in order to facilitate an alternative water supply to Celbridge.
This will allow supply to all areas of Celbridge to continue, excluding a portion within Castletown estate, should the existing 12” PVC main fail again.”
He said works on the 450mm section are expected to be concluded in the next six months.
Kildare north Labour general election candidate Emmet Stagg said he had also contacted Irish Water about the number of water main bursts in Celbridge in 2018 and 2019, and in particular the problems caused by the 12 inch water main bursts in Castletown, Celbridge, which caused major disruption to supplies in late 2018 and January, 2019, to homes, schools and businesses in Celbridge.
He said Irish Water acknowledged the inconvenience caused to customers in Celbridge by two major unplanned water outages in a short period of time. They informed him of the plans for the new line.
Welcoming the move by Irish Water, Mr Stagg stated that the additional water pipe supply will give a security of supply to most homes in Celbridge if the 12 inch main at Castletown bursts again, and he looked forward to the delivery of the project within the next six months.