Water pipes are a fixture in the everyday life of most Irish people.
The pipes that run the water supply, the toilets and the washing machines are just a few examples of the many types of water pipes that have been around for centuries.
But as Irish Water is running a series of water-related projects, the pipes that once supplied water to households have been increasingly underutilised and are often not being replaced.
Water pipes that used to run the city’s water supply are now at risk of becoming redundant or simply replaced with more efficient designs, which could lead to the loss of the current infrastructure.
As part of this work, a team of experts is developing a new water-use strategy that will look at the need for the use of water in Ireland’s water system and identify a range of options to provide the water we need.
The strategy, due to be released later this year, will be a key component of the Irish Water Framework Plan (IFSP), the blueprint for the water infrastructure that will be implemented by 2021.
The plan is expected to be implemented in 2019, but it is also expected to include recommendations for how to tackle the water crisis.
The Irish Water Strategy will look beyond the traditional water supply to explore a range.
The focus will be on water reuse, including the potential for more efficient water treatment, waste management, and other measures to provide a better environment for all Irish citizens, said Dr Alan Fitzgerald, the Chief Executive of Irish Water.
“There are other opportunities to look at what can be done to meet water demand and to minimise the use that can be of course in the homes and businesses that provide water,” he said.
In particular, the strategy will look into the impact of the recent floods on water quality in the Irish river system.
The floods in May 2015 in the Bay of Islands, a tributary of the Shannon, caused major flooding in Ireland and caused an estimated £1bn of damage.
Irish Water estimates that between 5,000 and 6,000 households were affected.
“The number of households impacted by flooding in the Shannon is significant and the overall cost to the Irish economy has been around £1.7bn,” said Dr Fitzgerald.
“This represents a significant impact on the economy and it is estimated that this will continue for several years to come.”
However, this is likely to be a temporary impact and the total cost to Irish economy could increase substantially in the future.
“While the water quality of the Bay is in line with standards in the European Union, it was found that the amount of water flowing through the Shannon could have been affected by the floods.”
It was found, by the EU’s Environment Agency, that the level of flow through the Bay, particularly through the Dublin-Kildare section, was significantly below EU standards,” Dr Fitzgerald said.
The Ireland Water team is also examining how to improve the efficiency of the use and use of the water system.”
We are looking at the use, reuse, and conservation of the pipes and pipes heads.
The goal is to minimising the number of water pipe head replacement projects and to look into using better materials and technology to deliver this,” Dr Fitz said.
While there are many water pipes in the city, Irish Water estimates there are only about 100 water-sinkage pipes in use, with around 30 of them at risk.
He said Irish Water has been exploring options to replace water-pipe heads and has identified the potential value of installing new ones. “
There is a lot of work to be done and we will look back at this in 2021,” Dr Flynn said.
He said Irish Water has been exploring options to replace water-pipe heads and has identified the potential value of installing new ones.
“We are also looking at using new materials that are cheaper and better than existing,” he added.
“While we may not be able to replace all of the old water pipes, we can certainly reduce the number.”
“We have been looking at replacing the pipes, not just for the future, but also for the past.”
He said that a number of the proposals were being considered by the Irish Department of Water, Energy and Natural Resources.