A more reliable water supply for customers

Irish Water, working in partnership with Donegal County Council, is set to commence two separate projects in County Donegal to replace old and damaged water pipes with new, high density polyethylene (plastic) ones. The two projects will commence in June and are scheduled for St Johnston and Trentaghboy/Drumkeen. Customers in these areas will benefit from a more reliable water supply due to reduced leakage and bursts.

These works are part of Irish Water’s 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.

Works will commence in June

The St Johnston works, which involve the replacement of over 174 metres of problematic water mains, will commence on the week of 10 June 2019 and are scheduled to be completed in July. The section of pipe being replaced is on Main Street.

The Trentaghboy/Drumkeen works are due to commence in late June and involve the replacement of over 523 metres of problematic water mains. The pipeline replacement will take place between the townlands of Drumkeen and Aughagault Big to the east of the N13. All works will be carried out on behalf of Irish Water by Farran’s Construction Ltd.

Explaining further what’s involved, Irish Water’s Leakage Reduction Programme Regional Lead Declan Cawley said “The works will involve the decommissioning and replacement of water mains in Trentaghboy/Drumkeen and St Johnston and include laying water service connections from the public water main in the road to customers’ property boundaries and connecting them 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.”

May involve some short-term water shut offs

The project 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.
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 communities.

Residents and businesses in the areas to benefit from the planned improvements have been notified and you can call us on Callsave 1850 278 278 with any questions about the project.

Details of work in the area will be updated regularly on the Water Supply Updates section of the Irish Water website. For more information visit our Leakage Reduction Programme page. 

Part of our 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. 



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