Part of Irish Water’s national Leakage Reduction Programme

Irish Water, working in partnership with Donegal County Council, is set to commence works in Cloontagh, Clonmany, Co. Donegal next week to improve water supply, water pressure and reduce leakage to benefit local residents and businesses.
These water mains renewal works involve the decommissioning and replacement of over 1.1 kilometres of old and damaged cast iron 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 over the next four years. This contract is being carried out by Farran’s Construction Limited and will take approximately 5 weeks to complete.

A more secure supply and improved pressure

Once complete customers will experience improved water quality in this area. These works will ensure a more secure supply and improved pressure.
Explaining further what’s involved, Water Network Regional Lead, Declan Cawley, said “This section of works will take place along the local county road in the vicinity of Cloontagh National School for 1.1 kilometres and 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.

May involve some short-term water shut offs

Areas of work will be limited to short sections to minimise impact on customers. 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. Local and emergency traffic will be maintained at all times. We understand that this type of work can be inconvenient and works crews will make every effort to minimise any disruption these necessary works cause.”

Customer Care

Residents and businesses in the areas to benefit from the planned improvements have been notified and customers can phone our customer care helpline on Callsave 1850 278 278 for any questions about the project.
Irish Water would like to apologise in advance for any inconvenience these essential works cause. Details of work in the area will be updated regularly on the Water Supply Updates section.

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.

Leakage Reduction Programme

For more information, visit our page on the national Leakage Reduction Programme.


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