Irish Water, working in partnership with Leitrim County Council, is replacing problematic water mains in Manorhamilton. The works will reduce drinking water lost by leakage, outages associated with bursts, and provide a more secure supply and better quality of drinking water for local residents. 

The mains that are being replaced are located at McDermott Terrace, Manorhamilton. The works, which are scheduled to start on Monday 12 October, will be completed in November. Farran’s Construction Ltd are contracted to carry out the work on behalf of Irish Water.

The works involve the decommissioning of approximately 250 meters of old back yard water mains. Approximately 200 meters of new water mains will be constructed, and 34 new service connections will be installed from the new water main to each customer’s property. The new water mains will be made with modern high-density polyethylene (plastic) pipes to ensure a safer, more reliable supply of water to customers in the area.

This project is one example of how Irish Water is working in partnership with Leitrim County Council to reduce leaks every day. Fixing leaks can be complicated with over 63,000 km of water pipe in Ireland. Most leaks aren’t visible, resulting in precious water being lost but Irish Water are making progress in reducing leakage. In 2018 the rate of leakage nationally was 46%, by the end of 2019 it was 42% and we are currently on course to achieving a national leakage rate of 38% by 2021.

Commenting on the project Declan Cawley, Irish Water said: “To facilitate the safe delivery of the works, there will be some short-term local road closures and traffic management in place during delivery. The community will be notified of this in advance. Local and emergency access will be maintained at all times.

“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’ notice prior to any planned water shut offs. We understand that this type of work can be inconvenient, and crews will make every effort to minimise any disruption these necessary works cause. We would like to thank customers in advance for their cooperation and patience while we complete this essential work.”

Customers can phone Irish Water on 1850 278 278 if they have any questions about the project or check out the Water Supply Updates section of the Irish Water website for regular updates.

The National Leakage Reduction Programme helps provide a more reliable water supply to Irish communities by reducing high levels of leakage and improving water quality. Its delivery represents an investment of over €500 million between 2017 and 2021 to reduce leakage and replace old pipes on the water network.

Irish Water continues to work at this time with our Local Authority partners, contractors and others to safeguard the health and well-being of both staff and the public and to ensure the continuity of critical drinking water and wastewater services. Irish Water would like to remind people to follow the HSE COVID-19 advice and ensure frequent handwashing.

For more information on reducing leaks visit our National Leakage Reduction Programme page.

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