A contact was signed yesterday (Thursday, 19 January) for the delivery of a significant water project in Co. Monaghan which will ensure badly needed improvements in water services for consumers in Monaghan Town and Clones.

This investment of €5.5 million by Irish Water in Co. Monaghan will be delivered by GMC Utilities Group Limited in partnership with Monaghan County Council.

The investment includes the replacement and rehabilitation of 9.1 km of aging water mains in the Monaghan Town (4.8km) and Clones (4.3km) areas. The project also includes the replacement of 430 customer service connections and 134 common backyard services as well as the removal of any lead pipework encountered on the public-side of the water distribution network.

The total amount of water which will be saved as a result of the replacement of old water mains that are prone to leakage and regular bursts and which cause interruptions to supply is estimated at 54 million litres of water per year.

The works are scheduled to commence in March and will take approximately 18 months to complete.

Every effort will be made to minimise impact on residents, businesses and road users. However, short-term water shut offs for a number of hours over a day or two in each area will be required where pipes are being connected to the system. The project team will ensure that householders and businesses are advised of any works in their area in advance and will be given a minimum of 48 hours prior notice of any planned water shut offs.

Commenting on the investment Declan Cawley, Irish Water’s Water Network Regional Lead for the North West Region, said: “This investment will greatly improve the water infrastructure for residents and business owners in the Monaghan and Clones areas. The replacement of these aging water mains that are prone to frequent bursts will improve the security of supply to customers and will also ensure that the existing and future residential and commercial development needs of the town are served. Irish Water is committed to reducing network leakage to less than 38% by 2021 and this investment will help us to meet this target.”

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 recently published 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.

For more information, please view the Irish Water Business Plan in full.

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