Replacing aging water mains prone to frequent bursts

Irish Water, working in partnership with Longford County Council, has commenced work to replace aging water mains prone to frequent bursts in Springtown and Ballinalee in Co. Longford as part of our National Leakage Reduction Programme. The works will cease over the Christmas period and recommence in January in order to avoid any traffic disruptions during the busy festive season. The works will be completed in Ballinalee in February and in Springtown in April of next year. 

Once complete, the benefits of the project for both communities will include a more reliable water supply for all customers. This means reduced leakage on the network which will improve water pressure to homes and businesses. Water quality will be improved as the old water mains will be replaced with plastic pipes which will reduce the risk of contamination. Operational and maintenance costs will also be reduced as the network operation will require less maintenance. 

 €500 million will be invested in leakage reduction over the next 4 years 

As part of Irish Water’s national Leakage Reduction Programme €500 million will be invested over the next 4 years to reduce the level of leakage across the country by fixing and replacing aging water mains. This will ensure a safe, reliable water supply which is vital for our health, our environment and our growing population and economy.

The works in Ballinalee involve the replacement of approximately 2.5 kilometres of aged cast iron water mains with high density polyethylene (plastic) pipes. The section of works will take place in Ballinalee Village.

The works in Springtown involve the replacement of approximately 3.6 km of problematic water mains with high density polyethylene (plastic) pipe material. 
The section of works will take place along the R194. 

In the case of both areas, 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 customers’ water supply. Where the existing service connections on the public side are lead these will be replaced as part of this improvement work.

The benefits of the works in both communities include:

  • A reliable water supply
  • Reduced Leaks
  • Improved operation and maintenance

The works will be undertaken in short sections in order to limit impact on customers. Traffic management will be in place over the course of the works. 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. Local and emergency traffic will be maintained at all times. 

Commenting on the works Derek Deignan, Regional Lead on the Leakage Reduction Programme, said ‘The replacement of these aging water mains in the Ballinalee and Springtown areas of Co. Longford will improve security of supply for local residents and businesses alike. Replacing the existing water mains with new modern pipes will provide a long-term solution to ensure a safe and secure water supply is delivered to customers. Irish Water understands this type of work can be inconvenient and will ensure our work crews make every effort to minimise any disruption these works may cause.’

Residents and businesses in the areas of the works have been notified and customers can call our customer helpline on 1850 278 278 for any questions in relation to the works. 

More information

To find out more about Irish Water’s national programme of works to reduce leakage and improve Ireland’s water supply, visit our Leakage Reduction Programme page.

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