3 April 2018 Go back to News
Ageing water mains in Roundstone, Cornamona and Clonbur to be replaced
Water main replacement will improve the security of the water supply for local customers and reduce leakage
Irish Water, working in partnership with Galway County Council, will begin work on Thursday, 5 April in Roundstone to replace 160 metres of ageing water main and on Monday, 9 April in Conramon and Clonbur to replace and decommission sections of ageing water mains that are prone to bursts. The replacement of the water mains are being carried out as part of Irish Water’s national Leakage Reduction Programme.
In Roundstone the water mains renewal works will involve the decommissioning and replacement of over 160 metres of old and damaged cast iron and polyethylene (plastic) water mains. The existing pipes will be replaced with modern high density polyethylene (plastic) pipes. These works will allow improved flow of water to the town securing supply and improving pressure for local business and residents. This section of works will take place along Fuscia Lane from the R341 to Fairgreen Cottages.
The works will also involve laying new water service connections from the public water main in the road to customers’ property boundaries and connecting it to the customers’ water supply.
In Cornamona and Clonbur the first aspect of these renewal works will involve the upgrade of over 2 kilometres of old water mains and laying of new water service connections from the new water main in the road to customers’ property boundaries, connecting it to the customers’ water supply.
The second aspect of these renewal works will involve the decommissioning of over 4.4 kilometres of old and damaged polyethylene (plastic) water mains in a number of locations within the community with connection to an existing reliable water mains already in place.
These works collectively will improve security of supply and water pressure for local residents in this community. The improvement project will be delivered in a number of locations within the community
- R345 main Cong to Clonbur Road from Ballykine Guesthouse to the waste water Treatment plant
- R300 main Clonbur to Cloughbrack Road - Kilbeg Upper to Cahergal
- R345 main Clonbur to Cornamona Road – Dooroy to Tumneenaun
- R345 main Clonbur to Cornamona Road - Carrick Middle
The benefits of the projects include a more reliable and secure water supply, improved water quality and reducing leakage in the network. The project will also deliver cost savings by providing improved water network operation that will require less maintenance in the future.
Both projects will be carried out by Farrans Construction Ltd. on behalf of Irish Water. In Roundstone the works will commence on Thursday, 5 April 2018 and are expected to take approximately 6 weeks to complete.
In Cornamona and Clonbur the works will commence on Monday, 9 April 2018 and are expected to take approximately 26 weeks to complete. The duration of this project relates to the difficult nature of the ground conditions where the new water mains and service connections will be constructed. Construction in these areas is difficult due to the level of rock in the ground.
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. Local and emergency traffic will be maintained at all times.
Commenting on the works, Dave Murphy Regional Lead – Leakage Reduction Programme said “These sections of water mains in Roundstone, Cornamon and Clonbur have experienced pressure and quality issues and bursts over the years resulting in disruption for local residents and businesses and impacting the reliability of the water supply . Replacing the ageing water mains with a new modern pipes and transferring connections to existing new mains will provide a long term solution to ensure a safe and secure water supply is delivered to customers.”
These works are being carried out as part of Irish Water’s national Leakage Reduction Programme. As part of this programme Irish Water is investing over €500 million over the next four years to reduce leakage and remove old damaged pipes from the public water network. This will help to ensure that we have a clean, safe and reliable public water supply now and into the future to support our growing population and economy. Residents and businesses in the area of the works have been notified and customers can phone Irish Water on call save 1850 278 278 if they have any questions about the project.
Learn more about the Leakage Reduction Programme.