Replacement of problematic water mains in Cavan Town

Irish Water, working in partnership with Cavan County Council, is replacing problematic water mains in Cavan Town to provide a more reliable water supply and reduce high levels of leakage in the town.

The works involve the replacement of almost 1.3 kilometres (Church Street and Main street), and the decommissioning of 212 metres, of problematic water mains, with high density polyethylene (plastic) pipes. The programme to replace the water mains in Cavan will commence on the week of January 27, 2020. These works are being carried out as part of Irish Water’s National Leakage Reduction Programme. Once complete customers will experience improved water security and water quality in this area.

An Information evening was held on Thursday 16 January for businesses, elected representatives and the general public in Cavan Town to raise awareness of the upcoming works.  The evening was very well attended by local community representatives and businesses that availed of the opportunity to have face to face discussions with the project team.

What is involved?

Explaining further what’s involved, Irish Water’s Leakage Reduction Programme Regional Lead Declan Cawley said “Rehabilitation works will take place along Church Street and Main Street, and decommissioning works will take place along Kinnypottle. In order to minimise disruption to local businesses and the town, a phased approach will be taken with areas of works limited to short sections.”

The works will be broken down into 6 phases for Main Street & Church Street as follows:

Phase 1 - Main Street to Bridge Street - 4 weeks road closure
Phase 2 - Bridge Street to Main Street junction - 2 weeks lane closure
Phase 3 - Main Street junction to Town Hall Street - 3 weeks lane closure
Phase 4 - Town Hall Street to Thomas Ashe Street - 4 weeks road closure
Phase 5 - Thomas Ashe Street to Church Street (Cock Hill) - 4 weeks road closure
Phase 6 - Church Street (Cock Hill) to Farnham Street junction - 4 weeks lane closure

The final element of works will be transfer of a number of service connections and decommissioning of existing watermains along Kinnypottle.

The works will also involve laying new water service connections from the new public water main to customers’ property boundaries and connecting it to the customer’s water supply. Where the existing service connections on the public side are lead, these will be replaced as part of this improvement work.
The works will be carried out on behalf of Irish Water by Farran’s Construction Ltd and are expected to be completed by August 2020.

Possible short-term water shut offs

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 may be in place during this time which may involve local diversions. Local and emergency traffic will be maintained at all times.

Residents and businesses in the areas to benefit from the planned improvements will be notified directly. Customers can phone Irish Water on 1850 278 278 if they have any questions about the project.

Irish Water regrets any inconvenience these necessary water network improvements may cause and would like to thank local residents and businesses for their cooperation in delivering these essential works which will bring a more reliable water supply to the local community.

Investment 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.

More information

Details of work in the area will be updated regularly on the Water Supply Updates section of our website. Further information on our national Leakage Reduction Programme is also available on our website.


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