8 July 2019 Go back to News
Donegal communities in Tamnawood, Lifford to benefit from water pipe replacement works
Works will commence in early July
Irish Water, working in partnership with Donegal County Council, is set to commence a project in Tamnawood, Lifford, Co Donegal to replace old and damaged water pipes with new, high density polyethylene (plastic) ones. Customers in these areas will benefit from a more reliable water supply due to reduced leakage and bursts. The works will commence in early July and will be carried out on behalf of Irish Water by Farrans Construction. The project is expected to be completed by late September 2019.
Works involve the replacement of over 3 kms of water mains
The works involve the replacement of over 3 kilometres of water mains in Tamnawood. The section of works will take place along the N14 and onto L-2414-1. 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 be replaced as part of this improvement work.
These works are part of our national Leakage Reduction Programme where €500 million is being invested in reducing high levels of leakage across the country by replacing old and broken water pipes on the public network between 2017 and 2021.
Leakage Reduction Programme Regional Lead Declan Cawley
“The replacement of water mains will include laying water service connections from the public water main in the road to customer’s property boundaries and connecting them to the customer’s water supply. We will try to minimise the impact on customers by having short section of works at a time. Traffic management may be in place during this time, but local and emergency traffic will be maintained at all times.”
Possible short-term water shut offs
The project may involve some short-term water shut offs and reductions in water pressure. The project team will ensure that customers are given a minimum of 48 hours’ notice prior to any planned water shut offs. Following these improvement works water supply may take 2-3 hours to return as water refills the network.
We understand this type of work can be inconvenient and will ensure our work crews make every effort to minimise any disruption these works may cause. Customers can call our customer helpline on 1850 278 278 for any questions in relation to the works.
This will ensure a safe, reliable water supply which is vital for our health, our environment and our growing population and economy. To find out more about our national programme of works to reduce leakage and improve Ireland’s water supply visit our Leakage Reduction Programme Page. For updates visit our Supply and Services Page.
This project forms part of our investment plan. Works have been prioritised to address the most critical issues in line with commitments outlined in our 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.