Today, Irish Water signed a contract for the Sligo Town Water Main Rehabilitation and Pearse Road Sewer Network Project which will involve the replacement and rehabilitation of ageing water mains, installation of new sewers and replacement of all service connections. The project will benefit residents and businesses by reducing leakage and bursts and improving water quality and supply to consumers.

Working in partnership with Sligo County Council, Irish Water has appointed Ward and Burke Construction Limited to carry out the project. Works are due to commence in March with an estimated completion date of May 2018.

The project involves the replacement and rehabilitation of approximately 8.7km of aging water mains, the installation of 1.5km of foul and storm sewers in the Pearse Road area and the replacement of all service connections including any lead services encountered.

The project will also deliver financial savings over the medium and long term through reduced maintenance costs associated with the upgraded pipeline.

Commenting on the investment Declan Cawley, Irish Water’s Water Network Regional Lead for the North West Region, said “This investment will greatly improve the water infrastructure for residents and business owners in Sligo City. The replacement of these aging water mains that are prone to frequent bursts will improve the security of supply to customers and will also ensure that the existing and future residential and commercial development needs of the town are served. Water quality will also be improved by replacing existing cast iron pipes with new plastic polyethylene pipes. Irish Water is committed to reducing network leakage to less than 38% by 2021 and this investment will help us to meet this target.”

The work sections will be limited to short sections to minimise impact on residents, businesses and road users. The works will involve some short-term water shut offs for a number of hours over a day or two in each area when the pipes are being connected to the system. The project team will ensure that householders and businesses are advised of any works in their area in advance and will be given a minimum of 48 hours prior notice of any planned water shut offs.

The project team will notify the local community in advance of planned works in their areas and provide contact details should they have any queries. The team will work closely with businesses to minimise any potential disruption and with An Garda Síochána to manage traffic while the works are underway.

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 recently published 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.

For more information, please view the Irish Water Business Plan in full.

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