17 July 2017 Go back to News
Sligo businesses thanked for continued co-operation during €6.8m project
Irish Water would like to thank the businesses and residents in Sligo City for their continued patience and co-operation while the Sligo water mains rehabilitation works are ongoing. This project represents an investment of €6.8 million by Irish Water in Sligo. It will deliver far-reaching benefits for residents and businesses by reducing leakage and bursts and improving water quality and supply to customers.
The project involves the replacement and rehabilitation of approximately 8.7km of ageing water mains. It also incluldes the installation of 1.5km of foul and storm sewers in the Pearse Road area and the replacement of all service connections including any lead services encountered.
The project will also deliver financial savings over the medium and long term through reduced maintenance costs associated with the upgraded pipeline. A considerable portion of the more disruptive works have now been completed and the focus is now turning to less congested areas of the city.
Mains laying on Thomas Street, Teeling Street, St John Street, Castle Street, Smith’s Row and JFK Parade have been completed and only minor works on footpaths are currently being carried out in these areas. Final road reinstatement works on these streets will be completed later in the year.
Works are now progressing on other less congested areas of the town including Pearse Road, Ash Lane, and Duck Street over the coming weeks. Traffic management plans, in consultation with Sligo County Council and An Garda Síochána, will continue to be implemented where necessary and advance warning signage will be erected.
The project team will continue to notify the local community in advance of planned works in their areas and provide contact details should they have any queries. Irish Water is committed to reducing network leakage to less than 38% by 2021 and this investment will help us to meet this target.
This project forms part of our Investment Plan. Works have been prioritised to address the most critical issues in line with commitments outlined in our recently published 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.
For more information, please read the Irish Water Business Plan in full.