Blacklion Water Mains Replacement Project

Irish Water, working in partnership with Cavan County Council, is set to commence works on the Blacklion Water Mains Replacement Project. This will involve the replacement of approximately 1.1 kilometres of ageing cast iron water mains. The works, which are due to commence in the week starting February 26, are part of Irish Water’s National Leakage Reduction Programme. The aim of this programme is to 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 are significant improvements in network performance and customer service in terms of supply pressure, security and quality of supply, and water pressure. This particular project will reduce the instances of bursts in the area and thereby significantly reduce the level of disruption to customers.

What is involved in this project?

The project will involve the decommissioning and replacement of approximately 1.1 kilometres of ageing public cast iron water mains as well as the replacement of old service connections. A service connection is the water pipe which joins Irish Water’s public main to a customer’s property. The old water mains and service connections will be replaced with modern high density polyethylene (HDPE) plastic pipes.

Also as part of this project, the works will include the replacement of shared backyard services in Marion Cresent, Blacklion. The works will involve laying a new main in the public road, adjacent to the property, and connecting the main to the property with a new service pipe.

Commenting, Irish Water’s Water Network Regional Lead Declan Cawley, said “These works will commence in the coming weeks and will be carried out by Farran’s Construction on behalf of Irish Water. The project is expected to be completed in approximately 14 weeks and will deliver significant improvements to customers who have been affected by disruptions to their water supply due to leakage 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.

Customer care line 

For queries or concerns, please contact our customer care line on 1850 278 278.

Traffic management will be in place for the duration of the works and local and emergency traffic will be maintained at all times.

Irish Water staff and contractors will always present their identification and will only enter a premises after arranging an appointment with the occupant/owner.

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, 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.

For more information visit our Leakage Reduction Programme page.


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