Works involve replacement and rehabilitation of approximately 67 kilometres of old watermains

Irish Water working in partnership with Donegal County Council has invested over €12 million in the replacement and rehabilitation of approximately 67 kilometres of old watermains across the county. The works which commenced in 2018 as part of the Donegal countywide Watermain Rehabilitation Project and National Leakage Reduction Programme are now nearing completion. The benefits to customers in Donegal will be far reaching and facilitate in the provision of a reliable water supply, reducing the instances of bursts and the amount of clean drinking water being lost through leaks.

Installation of new watermains

New watermains have been installed and reinstatement works completed in the following areas:

  • Carlin, Kerrykeel (2.4km); Doaghmore, Fanad (3.6km); Meenaleck to Rannafast (3.3km);
  • Sheskinbeg (1.4km); Argery, Ballindrait and Lifford (2.5km); Derrybeg to Brinnalack (5km);
  • Abbeylands, Ballyshannon (1.2km); Ballybofey South Backline (Cross Roads, Killygordon to Carrickmagrath,
  • Ballybofey) (9km); Corker, Rossnowlagh (4.1km); Ballyshannon Town (0.6km) and Three Trees, Inishowen (3.5km).
  • Old watermains have been replaced in other areas of County Donegal including Quigley’s Point and Cabry (1.5km) and works are nearing completion at Bundoran West End (1.4km).

Leakage Reduction Programme works

As part of the Leakage Reduction Programme approximately 27 kilometres of old watermains across the county have also been replaced in Lifford, Letterkenny, Clonmany, Trentagh, Moylehill, Dunfanaghy, Newtown Moyle, Rosses, Rathmullan and Stranorlar. Watermain replacement works in Gortahork and Falcarragh (1.6km and 1.7km respectively) are also nearing completion as part of the Leakage Reduction Programme.

The Donegal countywide Watermain Rehabilitation Project and Leakage Reduction Programme were undertaken by contractors ShareRidge Limited and Farrans Construction on behalf of Irish Water. Traffic management plans and communications with local residents and businesses were required in the affected areas ahead of the work commencing. As the works were spread widely across various parts of the county, the priority and schedule of works had to be agreed between the contractors and Irish Water, in consultation with the various Donegal County Council area roads offices to align with road works and other works programmes. During the Covid-19 crisis, works on site had to be stopped for a period of time, while the safety and well-being of staff and the maintenance of water and wastewater services remained a priority.

Works major step to ensure more reliable supply

Commenting on the works, Irish Water’s Regional Delivery Lead John McElwaine said: “The replacement and rehabilitation of approximately 67km of old watermains across Donegal County is a major step in ensuring a more reliable water supply is delivered to local residents and businesses. In particular we want to thank the local community for their patience during these essential works.”

Cllr Nicholas Crossan, Cathaoirleach of Donegal County said ‘’I am delighted that the Donegal countywide Watermain Rehabilitation Project is nearing completion representing improved drinking water quality and security of supply. It is of great importance to the county, in particular all the town and villages and will now assist in the support of economic and social development of these areas as well as tourism. We look forward to continued work being undertaken by Irish Water in Co Donegal improving both water and wastewater services. ’’

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 €500 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

For more on this project and other in your local area visit our Project and Plans section.


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