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€5.8m contract to replace 19km of Dublin's Victorian water pipes

Works to replace the centuries-old pipes will begin on Monday, and will continue around the city for 12 months.
Jun 7th 2013, 8:35 PM 10,709 22

A YEAR-LONG PROGRAMME to replace around 19 kilometres of Dublin’s centuries-old water pipes is to begin on Monday.

The €5.8m programme continues a long-running project to replace all of the capital city’s older water infrastructure, much of which exists from the Victorian age.

The works will see the replacement of pipelines on Gardiner Street, Camden Street Upper, Clanwilliam Place, Sean Moore Road, Terenure Road North, Christchurch Place and Crumlin Cross areas.

Works are expected to continue for around 12 months, but Dublin City Council has pledged to keep traffic disruptions to a minimum and says it will limit any interruptions to water supplies to a maximum of 10 hours, with ample advance notice given.

140 kilometres of pipeline have already been replaced.

Over 9,000 kilometres of water mains are used to pump 545 million litres of drinking water to homes and businesses in Dublin every day.

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The council says this is enough water to fill 218 Olympic-sized swimming pools.

The replacement of the existing 140 kilometres of pipeline has saved an estimated 13 million litres of water each day.

Details of the works, as they progress, will be available at the council’s Water Mains Rehab website.

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