Works to upgrade the Drainage infrastructure in Thurles may be completed in 2029 if all goes to plan according to Irish Water.
Tipp Mid West Radio requested an update following the severe flooding in the town on October 16th.
In a response issued today Irish Water reveals that
“Irish Water has completed a Drainage Area Plan (DAP) for Thurles which included;
The DAP has determined the condition, capacity and performance level of the sewer network and has allowed Irish Water to prioritise sewers in need of upgrade, protecting the environment from sewer flooding or overflows.
Irish Water are currently in the design phase of The Thurles Town Infrastructure Upgrade and the project is expected to be completed in 2029.
Due to the nature of the project, land acquisition, planning approvals and other legal consents may be required, and the timelines indicated are reflective of this.
The design process has commenced and is due to be completed next year. Irish Water plans to hold a consultation with elected representatives, residents, businesses etc. to brief them on the project and timelines once the design phase has been completed.
The current drainage infrastructure in Thurles Town is outdated and can become overloaded at times of heavy rainfall.
In the interim Irish Water and Tipperary County Council will continue to carry out enhanced maintenance works, including clearing blockages and cleaning pipes as flooding issues arise in an attempt to alleviate some of the issues.
Irish Water understands the local community’s frustration and want to assure everyone that we will continue to monitor the situation and progress with the upgrade plans as quickly as possible. “