Mains replacement project will begin this week

Irish Water, working in partnership with Galway City Council, will commence works in the Briarhill area of Galway City this week to improve water supply, water pressure and reduce leakage to benefit local residents, businesses and visitors to the city.

These water mains renewal works involve the decommissioning and replacement of over 650 metres of old and damaged asbestos concrete pipes with modern, high density polyethelene (plastic) pipes.

Works form part of National Leakage Reduction Programme

The works are part of Irish Water’s National Leakage Reduction Programme which will reduce the high level of leakage across the country by fixing or replacing ageing water mains over the next four years. This contract is being carried out by Farran’s Construction Limited and will take approximately 10 weeks to complete.

Once complete customers will enjoy an improved flow of water in this area ensuring a more secure supply and improved pressure.

This section of works will take place along the Monivea Road (R339) for 650 metres northeast of the Parkmore Junction

Explaining further what is involved Water Network Regional Lead, Dave Murphy, said “This section of works will take place along the Monivea Road (R339) for 650 metres northeast of the Parkmore Junction and 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. All works are to be carried out at night to minimise traffic disruption.

Minimising the impact on customers

Areas of work 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’ notice prior to any planned water shut offs.

Traffic management will be in place during this time. The regional route - R339 will be kept operational at all times. Local and emergency traffic will be maintained at all times. We understand that this type of work can be inconvenient and works crews will make every effort to minimise any disruption these necessary works cause.”

Regular updates

Residents and businesses in the areas to benefit from the planned improvements have been notified. For questions about the project you can contact us at Callsave 1850 278 278.

We would like to apologise for any inconvenience these essential works may cause. Details of work in the area will be updated regularly on our Water Supply Updates section and via Twitter @IWCare.

Irish Water’s Business Plan

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 on our national Leakage Reduction Programme, visit our dedicated page.

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