4 October 2017 Go back to News
1.6km of ageing water mains to be replaced in Co. Donegal ensuring significantly better water supply
Mains prone to bursting over the past number of years
Irish Water working in partnership with Donegal County Council is set to commence the Murlough Water Main Replacement Project which will involve the replacement of 1,624 metres of ageing water mains prone to bursting over the past number of years. The works, which are due to commence in early October, will also involve replacing all service connections and ancillary works in the townland of Murlough, Lifford, Co. Donegal.
This project has been prioritised by Irish Water to enable Donegal County Council complete resurfacing works in the area.
The benefits to customers are significant improvements in network performance and customer service in terms of supply pressure, security and quality of supply, and water pressure.
The Murlough Water Mains Replacement Project is part of Irish Water’s national Leakage Reduction Programme which over the next four years will reduce the high level of leakage across the country by fixing or replacing ageing water mains.
Commenting, Irish Water’s Water Network Regional Lead Declan Cawley, said “These works will commence in October and will be carried out by Farran’s Construction on behalf of Irish Water. The project is expected to be completed in approximately six weeks and will deliver significant improvements to customers who have been affected by disruptions to their water supply due to bursts along the pipe.”
The work sections will be limited to short sections to minimise impact on customers. The works may involve some short-term water shut offs and the project team will ensure that customers are given a minimum of 48 hours prior notice of any planned water shut offs.
This project forms part of Irish Water’s investment plan. Works have been prioritised to address the most critical issues in line with commitments outlined in Irish Water’s Business Plan. Delivery of the business plan will involve a €5.5 billion investment in capital spending on drinking water and wastewater quality and capacity and new infrastructure up to 2021. This plan includes an investment in leakage reduction and water quality initiatives, called the Leakage Reduction Programme, which will see an investment of €512 million during the period to 2021. These works are vital to ensuring a clean, safe and reliable public water supply to support our growing population and economy.