20 January 2020 Go back to News
Galway City to benefit from more reliable supply of drinking water following water mains replacement works
Water mains replacement works set to commence in Galway City
Irish Water, working in partnership with Galway City Council, is set to commence works in the Mervue area of the city and on the Tuam Road to ensure a more reliable source of drinking water for local customers.
These water mains replacement works involve the decommissioning and replacement of approximately 1.2 kilometres of old and damaged water pipes with modern, high density polyethylene (plastic) ones in Mervue and a further 1.6 kilometres on the Tuam Road.
The works are part of Irish Water’s National Leakage Reduction Programme which will reduce the high level of leakage across the country by fixing or replacing ageing water mains. This contract is being carried out by Farran’s Construction Limited and is expected to commence in late January 2020 and take approximately three months to complete. These works will also deliver cost savings for Irish Water by delivering an improved water network operation that will require less maintenance in the future.
What is involved?
Explaining further what’s involved, Irish Water’s Leakage Reduction Programme Regional Lead Dave Murphy said “Irish Water is committed to safeguarding the water supply for customers in Galway City. These works will involve the decommissioning and replacement of water mains along St James Road from Bayview Heights on to Quinn Terrace and along the N83 in the vicinity of the Ballybrit Industrial Estate to Bothar na Mine. 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 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 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 community.
Residents and businesses in the area to benefit from the planned improvements have been notified and customers can phone Irish Water on 1850 278 278 if they have any questions about the project.
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.
Details of work in the area will be updated regularly on our Water Supply Updates section. Further information on our national Leakage Reduction Programme is also available on our Leakage Reduction Programme page.