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Replacement of problematic water mains to start in Sligo

The supply of drinking water is set to improve for customers in the Pearse Road, Pearse Crescent and Cairns View Estates area as Uisce Éireann in partnership with Sligo County Council replaces approximately 830 metres of old, problematic water mains. Approximately 230 metres of new water mains will also be installed as part of the works including 145 metres of new water mains from Pearse Road into Pearse Crescent and 85 metres of water main from Pearse Road into Cairns View Estate. The existing water mains located along the rear of a number of properties, referred to as backyard service connections were prone to frequent leakage, bursts and low water pressure causing supply disruptions and water quality issues for customers in the area. As part of this project, the old mains are being replaced with new high density polyethylene (plastic) pipes.

The works are planned to commence in mid-July and will be completed in early September 2021. Once completed customers in this area will enjoy improved water quality and supply with less disruption and improved water quality. Farran’s Construction Ltd are contracted to carry out the work on behalf of Uisce Éireann in line with current COVID-19 restrictions.

Commenting on the project Declan Cawley, Uisce Éireann said: “This mains replacement work is part of a significant investment by Uisce Éireann to upgrade the water network in Sligo. We are delighted to bring a more secure and reliable water supply to the local community along Pearse Road, Pearse Crescent and Cairns View Estates. Replacing these old, problematic water mains will reduce the instances of bursts, water outages and amount of clean drinking water lost to leakage. The installation of the new water mains will also help conserve this precious resource and improve levels of services for homes and businesses in the area. We would like to thank customers in advance for their cooperation and patience while we complete this essential job.

This project is one example of how we are working in partnership with Sligo County Council to reduce leaks every day. Fixing leaks can be complicated with over 63,000 km of water pipe in Ireland. Most leaks aren’t visible, resulting in precious water being lost but we are making progress. In 2018 the rate of leakage nationally was 46%, by the end of 2020 it was 40% and we are currently on course to achieve a national leakage rate of 38% by the end of 2021.

Declan added: “The works will take place along the main Pearse Road (R287) between Markievicz and Marymount and within the adjacent Pearse Crescent and Cairns View Estates. To facilitate the safe delivery of the works, there will be some traffic management in place. Local and emergency access will be maintained at all times.

The works may involve some short-term water outages and the project team will ensure that customers are given a minimum of 48 hours’ notice prior to any planned water outages. 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.

Customers have been notified about the works and can phone Uisce Éireann on 1800 278 278 if they have any questions about the project or check out the Supply and Service Updates section of our website for regular updates.

The National Leakage Reduction Programme helps provide a more reliable water supply to Irish communities, reduce high levels of leakage and improve water quality. Its delivery means investment of over €500 million between 2017 and the end of 2021 to reduce leakage and replace old pipes on the water network.

Read more on our National Leakage Reduction Programme.

Uisce Éireann continues to work with our Local Authority partners, contractors and others to safeguard the health and well-being of both staff and the public and to ensure the continuity of critical drinking water and wastewater services. Uisce Éireann would like to remind people to follow the current HSE COVID-19 advice and ensure frequent handwashing.