24 October 2018 Go back to News
Replacement of ageing water mains in the Attiduff and Ardtrasna areas, County Sligo
Improving security of supply and drinking water quality
Irish Water, working in partnership with Sligo County Council, is replacing ageing water mains in the Attiduff and Ardtrasna areas of Co Sligo, near Ballinfull to improve security of supply and drinking water quality for customers and to reduce high levels of leakage.
The works involve the replacement of approximately 800 metres of problematic water mains with high density polyethylene (plastic) pipes and is scheduled to commence on October 29 2018.
Works will reduce the high level of leakage across the country
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 is expected to be completed by the end of November 2018.
The section of works will take place on two local roads located west of the N15 at Mullaghnaneane Cross Roads and at Attiduff and Ardtrasna townlands, County Sligo. 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.
Commenting, Irish water’s Dave Murphy said: “The leakage reduction works will reduce the instances of bursts and water outages and will ensure a reliable supply of water to customers and local businesses in the area. The works will also eliminate existing leaks and reduce the amount of clean drinking water lost into the ground. Areas of work will be limited to short sections to minimise impact on customers.”
Investment in leakage reduction and water quality initiatives
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.
Irish Water understands 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 Irish Water on Callsave 1850 278 278 if they have any questions about the project.
Irish Water regrets any inconvenience these necessary water network improvements cause.
Details of work in the area will be updated regularly on our Supply and Service Updates page.
For more information, please visit our National Leakage Reduction Programme page.