Works complete and roads fully reopened

Irish Water and Clare County Council have completed water mains replacement works in the Parnell Street area of Ennis and the roads have now fully reopened for the start of the busy Christmas period.

This significant project to replace ageing water mains ensures a more secure and reliable water supply for local businesses and residents. Its completion on schedule also facilitates the proposed Public Realm Enhancement Project in the area which is due to be carried out by the local authority in the new year.

What is involved?

More than 560 metres of old cast iron water mains have been replaced along Parnell Street between Carmody Street and Salt House Lane. The old mains were replaced with modern, high density polyethylene (plastic) pipes.

This will have big benefits for water quality as well as providing a more secure and reliable supply.

Gerry O’Donnell, Leakage Reduction Programme Regional Lead with Irish Water, said “We are pleased to confirm that these works have now been completed on schedule and ahead of the busy Christmas period. We would like to thank local residents and businesses for their patience and support over the past number of weeks. We acknowledge there was some inconvenience but it was a priority for us and our contractors, Shareridge Ltd, to carry out these works with a minimum of disruption.

More secure, reliable and better water supply

“We achieved this by using specialised equipment to reduce dust and noise and to allow us complete the project in as short a timeframe as possible.

“The completion of this work brings big benefits to the community in the form of a more secure, reliable and better quality water supply now and for years to come.”

Leonore O’Neill, Senior Executive Officer, Physical Development with Clare County Council, added “Clare County Council would like to thank Irish Water, and their contractors Shareridge for facilitating the replacement of the water main on Parnell Street as advance works to the upgrade of Parnell Street, the Laneways and Bow-ways which are scheduled to commence in 2020. Clare County Council acknowledges their professionalism, both in their engagement with the businesses and the community, and for completing the works on schedule.”

Work carried out safely and efficiently

Zuzanna Celovska, Manager of Open Sesame added “The work was carried out safely and efficiently and the workers were well mannered and accommodating, allowing access when and where needed. There was very little impact felt on what is a quiet time business wise and it is great to have the street free for the Christmas period”

The work was carried out by Shareridge Utilities Ltd in partnership with Clare County Council on behalf of Irish Water. The company will carry out some final works in Brady’s Lane and Barrett’s Lane in January.

More information

For more information on works in Clare and your local area visit our Projects and Plans section.

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