Works from part of the National Leakage Reduction Programme

Irish Water, working in partnership with Monaghan County Council, is set to commence works in Castleblayney next week to improve water supply and reduce leakage to benefit local residents and businesses. This follows the completion of a similar programme of works on Muckno Street in December 2018 which is delivering benefits to local customers.
These water mains renewal works on Main Street involve the decommissioning and replacement of approximately 1,190 metres of old and damaged pipes with modern, high density polyethylene (plastic) ones.

Reducing 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 in June 2019.
Once complete customers will experience improved water security in this area as well as reduced disruptions due to bursts, leakage and outages in the area.

Explaining further what’s involved, Leakage Reduction Programme Regional Lead Declan Cawley said “The works will involve the decommissioning and replacement of water mains on Main Street, Castleblayney, along both sides of the street and including a loop around the court house within Castleblayney Town centre.   

“The works will also involve laying over 150 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.”

Works may involve some short-term water shut offs

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 to facilitate these essential works. The majority of works will take place in parking bays and will be carried out in short sections to minimise traffic disruptions. Customers will be given regular updates on traffic management as the project progresses.

We regret any inconvenience these necessary water network improvements may cause and would like to thank local residents and businesses for their cooperation in delivering these essential works which will bring a more reliable water supply to the local community.
Residents and businesses in the areas to benefit from the planned improvements have been notified and customers can phone Irish Water on Callsave 1850 278 278 if they have any questions about the project.

More information

Details of work in the area will be updated regularly on our Water Supply Updates section. For more information, visit our Leakage Reduction Programme page. 

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. 


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