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Water upgrade announced for Laois village as Irish Water continues to invest in county

Securing the water supply across Laois remains a ‘top-priority’ say Irish Water as they announced a programme of improvement works for Emo.

The project, due to begin next week, represents a significant investment in Emo which is being prioritised as part of Irish Water’s National Leakage Reduction Programme.

Irish Water working in partnership with Laois County Council, will replace almost 2kms of old and problematic water mains with modern pipes to provide a more reliable water supply and improve the water quality.

The new and modern pipework installed as part of these improvement works will significantly reduce the high level of leakage and bursts impacting homes and businesses.

The works will involve laying new water service connections from the public water mains located within the road to customers’ property boundaries and connecting it to the customers’ water supply.

The areas of work will be limited to short sections to minimise the impact on customers and traffic management will be in place during this time.

Works taking place along the R419 will be managed under a stop and go system while the works on L3154 will require a temporary road closure, with details of any diversion routes to be communicated locally.

Reiterating the importance of this major project for the people of Emo, Joe Carroll, Regional Delivery Lead at Irish Water, said: “We are very much aware of the water quality issues that are impacting homes and businesses in Emo and this project will significantly improve their water quality.

“Replacing old and damaged pipes which have had a long history of leakage, resulting in outages and low pressure to homes and businesses, will ensure the delivery a more reliable water supply for generations to come.”

Joe added: “These ongoing projects are part of a significant investment by Irish Water to upgrade the water network across Laois.

“We would like to thank customers for their continued cooperation and patience while we continue to upgrade and improve the water supply for local communities in the county.”

The works will be carried out on behalf of Irish Water by Ward & Burke Construction and are expected to be completed by the end of August of this year.

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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.