Irish Water working in partnership with Donegal County Council, is delighted to confirm that works replacing approximately 1km of old problematic water mains in Ballindrait, Co Donegal is now complete. This will ensure a more reliable water supply and reduce high levels of outages and leaks to customers in the area.

The works involved the replacement of over one kilometres of problematic water mains with high density polyethylene (plastic) pipes. The programme to replace the water mains in Ballindrait commenced in late August 2020 and was completed in October 2020. The works were carried out by Farrans Construction Limited on behalf of Irish Water as part of Irish Water’s National Leakage Reduction Programme.

Speaking about the project, Irish Water’s Leakage Reduction Programme Regional Lead, Declan Cawley said “We are delighted to confirm that a section of problematic water mains have now been successfully replaced in Ballindrait. There was a history of leaks in Ballindrait, as well as bursts and outages. To improve drinking water supply, quality and reduce leaks and outages in the area we decommissioned and replaced approximately 1km of water mains along local road L2444. We also took this opportunity to lay new water service connections from the public water main to customers’ property boundaries and connect them to the customer’s water supply.

Declan added “The works did involve some short-term water shut offs and traffic management measures which we understand causes inconvenience to the local community. However, we would like to take this opportunity to thank customers and businesses for their patience while we completed these essential works.’’

This project is one example of how we are working in partnership with Donegal County Council to reduce leaks every day. Fixing leaks can be complicated with over 63,000 km of water pipe in Ireland. Most leaks aren’t visible, resulting in precious water being lost but we are making progress. In 2018 the rate of leakage nationally was 46%, by the end of 2019 it was 42% and we are currently on course to achieve a national leakage rate of 38% by 2021.

The National Leakage Reduction Programme helps provide a more reliable water supply to Irish communities, reduce high levels of leakage and improve water quality. Its delivery means investment of over €500 million between 2017 and 2021 to reduce leakage and replace old pipes on the water network.


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