Project will significantly reduce bursts and disruption to customers

Irish Water working in partnership with Galway County Council is set to commence works on the Inishmore Water Mains Replacement Project. This will involve the replacement of 596 metres of problematic water mains on the island. The works, which are due to commence on January 29, are part of Irish Water’s National Leakage Reduction Programme. This programme will reduce the high level of leakage across the country by fixing or replacing ageing water mains over the next four years.

The benefits to customers include significant improvements in network performance and customer service in terms of supply pressure, security and quality of supply. This particular project will reduce the instances of bursts in the area, significantly reducing the level of disruption to residents, businesses and visitors to the island.

Included in the project is the decommissioning and replacement of approximately half a kilometre of ageing public water mains along Coast Road, Kilmurvy Road (at the cottages) and Church Road. The existing old cast iron pipes will be replaced with new modern high density polyethylene (plastic) pipes.  

The works on Inishmore will also involve laying 24 new water service connections from the public water main to customers’ property boundaries and connecting them to customers’ water supplies. Pressure management works will also be carried out in Upper Kilronan and Mainistir. Customers may experience fluctuations in their water pressure while these works are being carried out.

Commenting, Irish Water’s Water Network Regional Lead Dave Murphy, said “These works will be carried out by Farran’s Construction on behalf of Irish Water. The project is expected to be completed in approximately six weeks. This will deliver significant improvements to customers who have been affected by disruptions to their water supply due to leakage along the pipe.”

May involve short-term water shut offs

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.

Traffic management will be in place for the duration of the works and local and emergency traffic will be maintained at all times. Residents in the affected areas have been notified ahead of the works commencing. For queries, please call our customer care helpline on Callsave 1850 278 278.

We would like to apologise in advance for any inconvenience these essential works cause. Details of work in the area will be updated regularly on the Water Supply Updates section.  

Leakage Reduction Programme

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. This 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.

For more information, visit our Leakage Reduction Programme page.


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