Irish Water has today confirmed an investment of €1.9 million in the Lough Talt Regional Water Supply Scheme. The project will deliver significant improvements in network performance and customer service in terms of supply pressure, security of supply and water pressure. Shareridge Ltd will carry out this work on behalf of Irish Water.  Work on the project will begin in May 2016 and is expected to take one year to complete.

This project will involve the rehabilitation and replacement of 17kms of water mains in Curry, Quarryfield, Killavel and Oldrock, primarily located through private lands, with 24kms of new polyethylene water mains to be located primarily on public roads.  This will reduce the need to extract and treat 5.3 million litres of water every month from Lough Talt, enough to fill more than two Olympic size swimming pools. This  project will benefit customers by strengthening and reinforcing the networks in these supply areas, reducing disruptions in supply and improving overall water quality.

The works will also include service connections to properties currently served by water mains located in backyards and private properties in Curry, Quarryfield, Killavel and Oldrock. This will involve laying a new main in the public road, adjacent to the property, and connecting the main to the property with a new individual private service connections.
Contractors working on behalf of Irish Water will be contacting residents in the coming weeks to arrange surveys of properties supplied by backyard services. The purposes of these surveys will be to plan proposed service replacement works in detail and address any concerns residents may have regarding the proposed works. Irish Water staff and contractors will always present their identification and will only enter your home at a time suitable to you.

Commenting on the works to be carried out, Declan Cawley, Water Network and Rehabilitation Programmes Regional Lead at Irish Water explained: “The proposed works will be carried out in sections to minimise impact on residents, businesses and road users. The works will involve some short-term water shut offs for a number of hours over a day or two in each area when the new pipes are being connected to the existing network. The project team will ensure that householders and businesses are advised of any works in their area in advance and will be given 48 hours prior notice of any water shut offs.”

Irish Water invested €340 million in improving water and wastewater services in 2014 and over €363 million during 2015. Irish Water plans to spend €532 million on water services in 2016. Capital investment in the region of €700 million per year is required for a sustained period of several decades to address the acknowledged deficiencies in the country’s water infrastructure. Works have been prioritised to address the most critical issues in line with commitments outlined in Irish Water’s recently published Business Plan. Delivery of the business plan will involve a €5.5bn investment in capital spending on drinking water and wastewater quality and capacity and new infrastructure up to 2021.


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