Works to replace 700 metres of water main

Irish Water, working in partnership with Mayo County Council is starting a programme of works to replace 700 metres of water main on the N17 Airport Road, near Charlestown. The works will commence in early June 2019 and are expected to be completed in July.  Once complete, these works will reduce the number of bursts in the area, leading to a more reliable drinking water supply for local customers. These works are being carried out as part of our National Leakage Reduction Programme.

Works will take place on the N17 Airport Road

The section of works will take place on the N17 Airport Road, starting near the junction with Lavey Heights and continuing south through the roundabout as far as the new N5 crossing. 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 customer’s water supply. Where the existing service connections on the public side are lead these will be replaced as part of this improvement work. There will be traffic management in place Monday to Friday for the duration of the project.

Part of our national Leakage Reduction Programme

These works are part of our national Leakage Reduction Programme where €500 million is being invested in reducing high levels of leakage across the country by replacing old and broken water pipes on the public network between 2017 and 2021. The project will be delivered by Farran’s Construction on our behalf.

Dave Murphy, Regional Lead for the Leakage Reduction Programme

“Replacing these ageing water mains will not only reduce the high levels of leakage, but will also improve the reliability of water supplied to businesses and residents."

“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. We will continue to work with the community to minimise disruption. We would like to thank local residents for their cooperation as we work together to deliver these important improvements for the local community.”

Possible 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. There will be single lane traffic management in place for the duration of the project. Local and emergency traffic will be maintained at all times.

More information

Details of work in the area will be updated regularly on our Water Supply Updates section of our website. Further information on our Leakage Reduction Programme Page is also available.

This project forms part of our investment plan. Works have been prioritised to address the most critical issues in line with commitments outlined in the 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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