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Summer promises for improved water supply made for those in Ratheniska

Irish Water

Before the first half of the year is out customers in Easter Hill, Ratheniska, will have a much-improved water supply.

So says Irish Water after they announced plans to replace old water mains along the R427 road in Ratheniska with works due to begin in the coming days.

The benefit from these works for homes and businesses in Ratheniska are immense with improved water quality and fewer outages expected to impact customers.

The project will also reduce the amount of clean drinking water lost into the ground.

Joe Carroll, Leakage Reduction Programme Regional Lead with Irish Water, is looking forward to ensuring customers in Easter Hill experience fewer disruptions to their water supply from this summer on.

He said: “Working in partnership with Laois County Council, we have prioritised leakage reduction works to those areas which need it most.

“This project will see the replacement of approximately 2km of old water mains, which will significantly reduce the amount of water lost through leakage in Easter Hill, Ratheniska.

“The works will safeguard the supply in the region now and into the future and support growth and development in the area.”

Works are due to be completed in June and will start at the junction of R426 and R427.

Traffic management will be in place to facilitate the works along the R427 road in Ratheniska however local and emergency traffic will be maintained at all times.

Customers may experience some short-term interruptions to the water supply, but the team will ensure that customers are given a minimum of 48-hour notices prior to any planned water outages.

Details of any supply interruption associated with the project will also be provided on the Water Supply Updates of the Irish Water website www.water.ie

Customers can also phone Irish Water on 1800 278 278 if they have any queries relating to the project.

These works are being carried out under the Leakage Reduction Programme. Since 2018, Irish Water has invested more than €500 million to upgrade the underground water network across the country by fixing leaks and replacing pipes and we are investing a further €600 million up to the end of 2024.

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Stradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016.