Project will considerably improve supply for customers

Irish Water has announced details of a €325,000 water mains rehabilitation project in Ballaghaderreen, Co Roscommon which will improve the continuity of water supply and put an end to frequent bursts which have caused disruptions to the town of Ballaghaderreen and customers supplied by the Monasteraden Village Group Water Scheme in County Sligo. The project will involve the replacement of approximately 800m of asbestos cement water main with polyethylene pipe located along the L1244 for the benefit of 1,000 customers.

Working in partnership with Roscommon County Council, the project is scheduled to commence in September 2017 with an estimated completion date in January 2018.

The project will be carried out in two phases. Phase one will involve investigation works followed by a detailed design of the necessary mains replacement works. This will determine the best route selection for the new water main.

Phase two will involve the decommissioning and replacement of approximately 800m of 300mm asbestos cement water main. In addition to this, the contractor will be required to decommission a 150mm asbestos cement water main running in parallel and transfer the connections to the new polyethylene water main.

Commenting, Laura Heneghan, Irish Water Capital Programmes said: “When this main bursts, the impact is immediate for customers in Ballaghaderreen town and customers supplied by the Monasteraden Village Group Water Scheme in  County Sligo. The new water mains will provide a more reliable water supply with fewer interruptions. It will also improve water pressure as leakage on these sections of the water mains will be reduced.”

This project forms part of Irish Water’s investment plan where 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 €5.5bn investment in capital spending on drinking water and wastewater quality and capacity and new infrastructure up to 2021.


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