18 October 2018 Go back to News
Replacement of ageing water mains in Ballybegley, Newtowncunningham to improve supply and reduce leakage
Irish Water working in partnership with Donegal County Council is set to commence works on the replacement of 1.5 kilometres of problematic water mains in Ballybegley, Newtowncunningham. The old, damaged pipes will be replaced with modern, high density polyethylene (plastic) pipes.
Works are due to commence next week (October 22) and are scheduled to be completed in December. This project will be carried out by Farran’s Construction.
Ensuring a clean, safe and reliable water supply
These water main renewal works are being carried out as part of Irish Water’s national Leakage Reduction Programme. The Leakage Reduction Programme will see over €500 million invested over the next four years to reduce leakage and remove problematic pipes from the public water network. These works will help to ensure that we have a clean, safe and reliable water supply now and into the future to support our growing population and economy.
Commencing Declan Cawley, Irish Water, said: “The benefit of these works to customers are significant and will include better water pressure, better water quality and a more secure supply of water. 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 further questions about the project.”
Works may involve some short-term water shut offs
A traffic management plan will be in place where necessary. The work sections 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 prior notice of any planned water shut offs.
Irish Water regrets any inconvenience these necessary water network improvements cause. For more information on details of work in the area please visit our Water Supply Updates section for updates.
Investment in leakage reduction and water quality initiatives
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.
For more information, please visit National Leakage Reduction Programme.