Works to replace problematic water mains in Glaslough

Irish Water, working in partnership with Monaghan County Council, is set to commence works in January 2020 to replace problematic water mains in Glaslough which will reduce leakage, ensure a more secure supply and better quality of drinking water for local residents and businesses. 

These water main renewal works involve the replacement of approximately 1.1 kilometres of old cast iron water pipes with high density polyethylene (plastic) ones. The scheme also includes the decommissioning of approximately 313 meters of old cast iron mains and associated back yard service connections.

Traffic management and diversions

To facilitate the safe delivery of works there will be a road closure in place on L-52311 Barrick Hill Road from early January 2020 for a period of four weeks to complete this section of works. Local and emergency access will be maintained at all times. An alternative route will be available and diversions will be clearly sign posted.

Areas of work will be limited to short sections to minimise impact on customers and businesses. Traffic management plans will be implemented for all works.

National Leakage Reduction Programme

The works are part of Irish Waters National Leakage Reduction Programme which will reduce high levels of leakage across the country by fixing or replacing ageing water mains. Irish Water is investing over €500 million between 2017 and 2021 as part of this programme.

This contract is being carried out be Farrans Construction Limited on behalf of Irish Water and is expected to be completed by the end of March 2020.

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 cast Iron water mains in Glaslough and includes laying water service connections from the new public water main to customers’ property boundaries.  Where the existing service connections on the public side are lead these will be replaced as part of this improvement work.”

Shut offs and contact

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.

Residents and businesses in the areas to benefit from the planned improvements have been notified and customers can phone Irish Water on Callsave 1850 278 278 if they have any questions about the project.

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.

More information

Details of work in the area will be updated regularly on our Water Supply Updates page. Further information on leakage reduction is available on our national Leakage Reduction Programme section.


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