Over 1.3km of old watermains have been replaced at Clara Road, Tullamore.

Tullamore Chamber welcomes completion of local watermain replacement works

The president of Tullamore Chamber has welcomed the completion of a watermains replacement project along Clara Road in the town, saying modern utilities were important for attracting new business to the area.

"Irish Water's completion of water mains replacement works under the Leakage Reduction Programme on Clara Road, Tullamore, is a very welcome development for our town," commented Anthony Hanniffy, President of the Tullamore & District Chamber of Commerce.

"Our town needs modern utilities in order to attract new business to our area and also to be able to keep the world class businesses that we currently have. We welcome Irish Water's ongoing commitment to our area," he stated.

The project, which was carried out by Ward and Burke Construction on behalf of Irish Water, is expected to result in fewer water supply outages for nearby homes and businesses.

Irish Water said the works were "complex given the size of the watermain and the urban surroundings," and they included the installation of over 1.3km of new water pipes along the Clara Road.

The works also involved the laying of new water service connections from the public water main in the road to customers’ property boundaries and connecting it to the customers’ water supply.

"Replacing these old watermains that had a tendency to burst will help to safeguard the water supply for customers that previously experienced unplanned interruptions," said Joe Carroll, Regional Delivery Lead at Irish Water.

"The installation of the new watermains will also help to conserve water and reduce water lost to leakage.

"We would especially like to thank the community and businesses for their patience and cooperation as we worked to deliver this vital water network improvement project."

Martin Quinn, Senior Executive Engineer, Water Services, Offaly County Council, added that the supply interruptions had previously caused significant disruption for residents and businesses in the town.

"These remedial works will ensure the town has a secure and stable water supply which is a great result for the people of Tullamore," he said.