25 January 2019 Go back to News
Improving the water supply and reducing high levels of leakage in Birdstown, Co Donegal
Replacing ageing water mains on the R239 between Burnfoot to Muff
Irish Water working in partnership with Donegal County Council is set to commence the Birdstown Water Main rehabilitation project week commencing 28 January 2019 to improve the security of water supply and reduce high levels of leakage to benefit local residents and businesses.
The works involve the replacement of approximately 830 metres of problematic water mains with new high density polyethylene (plastic) pipes. These works are being carried out as part of Irish Water’s national Leakage Reduction Programme.
What do the works involve?
The section of works will take place along the Burnfoot to Muff Road (R239) and continues north at the junction with the L7631. 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 also be replaced as part of this improvement work.
The works will be carried out on behalf of Irish Water by Farrans Construction Ltd and are expected to be completed by early March 2019.
National Leakage Reduction Programme
Explaining further what’s involved, Irish Water’s Leakage Reduction Programme Regional Lead, Declan Cawley, said “Replacement of water mains and service connections will reduce the instances of bursts and water outages and will ensure a reliable supply of water to customers and local businesses in the area”.
Areas of work will be limited to short sections to minimise impact on customers. 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. There may be local diversions in place for the duration of the works. Local and emergency traffic will be maintained at all times.
Residents and businesses in the areas to benefit from the planned improvements have been notified and customers can call our customer care helpline on Callsave 1850 278 278 if they have any questions about the project.
Updates and further information
We apologise for any inconvenience these necessary water network improvements cause. Details of work in the area will be updated regularly on the Water Supply Updates section.
For more information, visit our Leakage Reduction Programme page. 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