Following almost a month of works on the O’Connell Street water main and sewer rehab project, Irish Water invited the Cathaoirleach of Sligo County Council, Cllr Hubert Keaney, to visit the site last week and receive a briefing on the current status of the works.

The water main rehabilitation works will result in significant improvements in network performance and level of customer service in terms of supply pressure, security of supply, fire flow capacity and operational pressure as well as delivering significant savings in terms of leakage reduction.

The €1.25 million investment project commenced on Monday, September 5 and is on target for completion at the end of November 2016. To date new water mains have been installed on John Street and have been tied into the existing water mains on John Street, Grattan Street and Harmony Hill. Seventy metres of water main have been installed on O’Connell Street from John Street as far as Tobergal Lane.

Last Monday, September 26, water main works moved to Wine Street and Lower Knox Street. Nightly road closures commenced as part of these works and will continue until October 14 from 7pm until 7am. Following completion of these works, the project team will relocate back to O’Connell Street.

While most of the intrusive works are taking place at night, as agreed with the traders, it has been necessary to complete the jetting and cleaning of the sewer during the day to ensure the program is achieved. This cleaning and jetting has been ongoing for the last couple of weeks. These works are necessary in order to be able to carry out a CCTV survey of the sewer and to ensure the sewer is fully cleaned prior to inserting the necessary new liner. Cleaning and CCTV works are scheduled to be completed in the next two weeks. Installation of the liner is programmed to be completed in November.

Irish Water announced details of the €1.25 million project in July which will directly benefit businesses and residents in Sligo City to improve water pressure and secure the water supply.

The O’Connell Street Water Main and Sewer Rehabilitation Works project will improve water supply and water quality to the O’Connell Street area of Sligo and improve the condition of the existing combined sewer culvert that runs north to south along the street. This represents a major investment by Ireland’s national water utility in Sligo.

The project will be undertaken in advance of Sligo County Council’s O’Connell Street Enhancement Project works programme to commence in 2017.

The works include the completion of approximately 510 metres of water main rehabilitation and 210 metres of sewer rehabilitation works on O’Connell Street (and also extending into some adjacent streets) and all ancillary works including replacement of water main consumer connections.


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