Irish Water, working in partnership with Monaghan County Council, is set to commence works on Muckno Street and Main Street in Castleblayney to improve water quality and security of supply, and reduce high levels of leakage to benefit local residents and businesses.

There will be no works on Main Street during December 

The Muckno Street Works are due to commence on the week of 19 November 2018 and have an estimated completion time of January 2019. The Main Street works won’t start until the Muckno Street works are finished and they are expected to be completed in June 2018. Irish Water would like to stress to businesses and shoppers that there won’t be any works on Main Street during December to facilitate Christmas shopping. 

These water mains renewal works involve the decommissioning and replacement of approximately 400 metres of old and damaged pipes with modern, high density polyethylene (plastic) pipes on Muckno Street, and a further 1,150 metres on Main Street.

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.

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.

Works may involve some short-term water shut offs

Once complete customers will experience improved water quality in this area. These works will also ensure a more secure supply and improved pressure.

Explaining further what’s involved, Irish Water’s Water Network Regional Lead Declan Cawley said: “The Muckno Street section of works will take place along the R181 just within the Castleblayney Town boundary, while the Main Street works will take place along both sides of Main Street, including a loop around the court house within Castleblayney Town centre. 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. Where the existing service connections on the public side are lead these will also be replaced as part of this improvement work.”

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.

Crews will make every effort to minimise any disruption

Traffic management may be in place during this time and there may be local diversions in place for the duration of the works. 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.

Residents and businesses in the areas to benefit from the planned improvements have been notified and customers can phone Irish Water on Callsave 1850 278 278 if they have any questions about the project.

Irish Water would like to apologise in advance for any inconvenience these essential works cause.

More information

Details of work in the area will be updated regularly on our Supply and Services Updates page. 

For more information, please visit our Leakage Reduction Programme page.


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