25 February 2020 Go back to News
More reliable supply of drinking water in Tubbercurry following water mains replacement
Works set to commence in Tubbercurry along Mountain Road
Irish Water, working in partnership with Sligo County Council, is set to commence works in Tubbercurry along Mountain Road to ensure a more reliable supply of drinking water for local customers with reduced leaks and improved water pressure and quality.
This water mains placement works will involve the decommissioning and replacement of approximately 400 metres of old and damaged water pipes with modern, high density polyethylene (plastic) pipes.
The works are part of Irish Water’s National Leakage Reduction Programme which will reduce the high level of leakage across the country by fixing or replacing ageing water mains. This contract is being carried out by Farran’s Construction Limited and is scheduled to commence today Tuesday, 25 of February 2020. The works are scheduled to be completed by March 2020. These works will also deliver cost savings for Irish Water by delivering an improved water network operation that will require less maintenance in the future.
Explaining further, Irish Water’s Leakage Reduction Programme Regional Lead Dave Murphy said “Irish Water is committed to safeguarding the water supply for customers in Tubbercurry. These works will involve the decommissioning and replacement of over 438 metres of cast iron water mains along Mountain Road. The works will also involve laying new water service connections from the public water main in the road to customers’ property boundaries and connecting it to the customer’s water supply. Where the existing service connections on the public side are lead these will be replaced as part of this improvement work.”
Traffic management and shut offs
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.
Traffic management will be in place during this time which will involve local diversions. To facilitate the safe delivery of the works, there will be a road closure in place on Mountain Road. Alternative routes will be available and diversions will be clearly sign-posted. Local and Emergency access will be maintained at all times. The road will reopen at weekends.
Irish Water regrets any inconvenience these necessary water network improvements may cause and would like to thank local residents and businesses for their cooperation in delivering these essential works which will bring a more reliable water supply to the local community.
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.
Residents and businesses in the area to benefit from the planned improvements have been notified and customers can phone Irish Water on 1850 278 278 if they have any questions about the project.