25 June 2018 Go back to News
Old and damaged water pipes to be replaced in Ballinlough to improve water supply for community
Works form part of Irish Water's national Leakage Reduction Programme
Irish Water, working in partnership with Roscommon County Council, is set to commence works in Ballinlough next week to improve the consistency of water supply to customers and reduce leakage on the network.
These water mains renewal works involve the decommissioning and replacement of approximately 1.55 kilometres of old and damaged water pipes with modern, high density polyethelene (plastic) pipes.
Contract to take approximately 8 weeks to complete
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 8 weeks to complete.
Once complete customers will benefit from a more consistent water supply due to the reduction in instances of bursts and leaks.
What do the works involve?
Explaining further what’s involved Network Regional Lead, Dave Murphy, said “The works will involve the decommissioning and replacement of water mains along the N60 Ballyhaunis Road out of Ballinlough Town heading towards Carrick National School.
“The works will also involve laying new water service connections from the public water main in the road to customers’ property boundaries and connecting them to the customer’s water supply. Trenchless technology will be used where possible to reduce the potential impact and traffic disruption due to these vital works.”
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 in place
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.
Residents and businesses in the areas to benefit from the planned improvements will be notified and customers can phone our Customer care helpline on Callsave 1850 278 278 with any questions about the project.
Water Supply Updates
We would like to apologise in advance for any inconvenience these essential works cause. Details of work in the area will be updated regularly on our Water Supply Updates section.
Leakage Reduction Programme
For more information on how we are reducing leakage across the network, visit our page on the Leakage Reduction Programme.
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.