Works will improve the water quality for 150 customers

Irish Water is progressing a project in Calry, Co Sligo which involves the replacement of over 1.9km of water main that has been causing deteriorations in water quality.

The replacement of this substandard section of water main, which was laid in the 1960s, represents the removal of the last remaining section of cast iron water main in the area.

The works involve a €190,000 investment by Irish Water in Calry for the benefit of approximately 150 residents and are taking place on the R278. Phase one of the works commenced this week and involves site investigation works with stage two, the water main pipe laying works due to follow. The works are due to be complete in approximately five months.

Pauric Martin from Irish Water’s Asset Delivery team further explained “The existing two inch cast iron main was laid in 1960 and has had on-going water quality issues and complaints over the past number of years, particularly towards the extremity of the line. Low chlorine residual levels are a constant problem despite efforts to alleviate this problem, including regular flushing of the mains. It is important that chlorine levels are maintained at a constant level throughout the network and this new section of pipe will ensure that.

The replacement of this 1.9km section of water main by McGovern Plant Hire on behalf of Irish Water, is crucial to improving water quality and will remove the last remaining section of cast iron water main in the area.”

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.


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