Recent road words in Wexford Town had me wondering what was being installed when I saw that the pipes were definitely not water or sewer pipes. A quick google search reveals what's called 'Wexford Town Gas and Water Project' with phase 1 of a 25 million investment currently being rolled out per above map to serve businesses. These works will be going on until early 2017 and will see quite a bit of disruption in the towns traffic in the short term for much needed long term gain, making Wexford more attractive for business with claims of 30-60% in reduced bills by switching to gas. This follows on from the recently installed gas pipe line from Great Island via Taghmon and a section of the Cork Road, going down the Dublin Road to Drinagh and the IDA industrial estate area.
Phase 1 is for a total of 14km of gas pipes and will also see 1km of leaky water pipes being replaced. Phase 2 (no map available at this time) will see a further 13km of gas pipes to serve residential areas, and the replacement of 11.7km of leaking old water pipes. It is claimed that the two phases will see a reduction in water leakage of 600,000 litres per day or approx. the water demand for a town the size of Bunclody. Phase 2 is to commence mid 2017. With Wexford a major unemployment black spot this is a very welcome infrastructural investment to boost the county and hopefully it will bear fruit. Like others parts of the country, the building of houses has only made a tentative come back in recent times, with limited residential property available to rent for instance.
Hopefully the investment will lead to more jobs being retained and created, but will need more housing that is affordable coming on stream to deal with current and future anticipated demand. In conclusion a good news story for Wexford that has been little advertised. Will this put Wexford back on the map?
Delivering gas and water services to Wexford - Gas Networks Ireland