13 March 2020 Go back to News
Ballycastle residents and businesses set to enjoy better quality drinking water
Water main installation works involve laying approximately 6km of interconnecting mains pipe
Irish Water, working in partnership with Mayo County Council, has commenced essential water main installation works in Ballycastle to improve the water supply for 360 local residents and businesses.
These water main installation works involve laying approximately 6km of interconnecting mains pipe from the existing Lacken reservoir (Ballina Regional Water Supply Scheme), into the Ballycastle Public Water Supply and decommissioning the existing water treatment plant at Ballycastle.
Following the issuing of a boil water notice for customers supplied by the Ballycastle supply in 2018 and the threat of no water during the drought of summer 2018, a decision was made by Irish Water to connect the Ballycastle water supply to the Ballina Regional Water Supply Scheme. The works are being carried out by Source Civil Ltd on behalf of Irish Water. It is expected that the contract will be completed in Q3 2020. Once complete customers will experience improved water security and water quality in this area.
What is involved?
Explaining further what’s involved, Martin Temple, Irish Water Regional lead said “Irish Water is committed to safeguarding the water supply for customers in Ballycastle and surrounding areas. The project will involve laying approximately 6km of interconnecting mains pipe from the existing Lacken reservoir (Ballina RWSS), into the Ballycastle Public Water Supply along the L-5I87, L-1114 and R-314 to Ballycastle village and decommissioning the existing water treatment plant at Ballyknock. Temporary road closures will be required and diversions will be outlined and sign posted. The contractor will endeavour to maintain local access for residents and emergency traffic during the works.”
Shut offs and contact
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’ notice prior to any planned water shut offs.
Irish Water regrets any inconvenience these necessary water network improvements may cause and would like to thank local residents and businesses for their cooperation during the delivery of these essential works which will bring a more reliable water supply to the local community.
Residents and businesses in the areas to benefit from the planned improvements have been notified and customers can phone Irish Water on 1850 278 278 if they have any questions about the project.
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. These works are vital to ensuring a clean, safe and reliable public water supply to support our growing population and economy.
Details of work in the area will be updated regularly on the Water Supply Updates section.