14 July 2020 Go back to News
Residents in St George’s Terrace, Carrick on Shannon now enjoying more reliable supply
Works completed in St George’s Terrace, Carrick on Shannon which will reduce leakage in the area
Irish Water, working in partnership with Leitrim City Council, has completed works in St George’s Terrace, Carrick on Shannon which will reduce leakage in the area and in turn ensure residents receive a more reliable supply of drinking water.
These water mains placement works involved the decommissioning and replacement of approximately 242 metres of old and damaged water pipes with modern, high density polyethylene (plastic) ones.
National Leakage Reduction Programme
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. This contract was carried out by Farran’s Construction Limited and will also deliver cost savings for the utility by delivering an improved water network operation that will require less maintenance in the future.
Commenting on the completion of the works, Irish Water’s Leakage Reduction Programme Regional Lead Declan Cawley said “Irish Water and Leitrim County Council would like to thank the residents of St George’s Terrace for their patience and cooperation while these essential works were in progress. Unfortunately due to Covid-19 restrictions works had to be suspended for a period of time but we were delighted that our contractors, Farrran’s Construction Limited, were able to return to complete the project once restrictions were lifted and while adhering to government advice on social distancing.”
New water service connections installed
The St George’s Terrace project also saw new water service connections being installed from the public water main in the road to customers’ property boundaries and these were then connected to the customer’s water supply. Where the existing service connections on the public side were lead these were replaced as part of this improvement work.
Irish Water is working at this time, 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. Irish Water would like to remind people to follow the HSE COVID-19 advice and ensure frequent handwashing.
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.
For more on our works to reduce leakage visit our Leakage Reduction Programme page.