Irish Water working in partnership with Roscommon County Council will be commencing the Athleague Water Main Upgrade and Lead Services Replacement Project in early October. This project will involve the decommissioning and replacement of approximately 1.1km of ageing cast iron water mains and the replacement of approximately 60 lead service connections with new polyethylene equivalents.

This project has been prioritised by Irish Water to enable Roscommon County Council complete resurfacing works in the area.

The benefits to customers are significant improvements in network performance, water quality, water pressure and reduced leakage and maintenance costs.

The Athleague Water Main Upgrade and Lead Services Replacement Project is part of Irish Water’s national Leakage Reduction Programme which over the next four years will reduce the high level of leakage across the country by fixing or replacing ageing water mains.

Commenting, Irish Water’s Water Network Regional Lead Dave Murphy, said “These works will commence in early October and the vast majority of the works will be completed by the Christmas period. The project is expected to be fully completed in approximately 12 weeks and will deliver significant improvements to customers who have been affected by disruptions to their water supply due to bursts along the pipe.”

The works will be carried out by Roscommon County Council directly working on behalf of Irish Water and 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. Traffic management will be in place for the duration of the works. The National Secondary route (N63) will be kept operational at all times though with some necessary restrictions. Local and emergency traffic will be maintained at all times.

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.


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