Sligo community looks forward to a reliable water supply in 2022

05 November 2021

2.6 kilometres of damaged water main will be replaced and will reduce leakages in the area

Nestled between the Atlantic Ocean and Benbulben, homes along the L3305, connecting Sligo’s Carney Village and Drumcliffe, are blessed with their scenic location.

Soon they will also have one of the county’s most reliable water supplies as Irish Water replaces ageing mains along the route.

In partnership with Sligo County Council, Irish Water will replace 2.6 kilmetres of damaged water main and reduce the high level of leakages in the area.

Farrans Construction, working on behalf of Irish Water, will be on site in the coming days with works expected to be complete early in the new year.

Declan Cawley, Networks Regional Lead with Irish Water, said: “The laying of new polyethylene pipes will stop the loss of treated water underground and give customers in Carney and Coolbeg a more reliable supply.

“Early next year, customers can expect to see the benefits of these works. The replacement of pipes will also deliver efficiencies, including cost savings, by improving the network which in turn will require less maintenance in the future.” 

The works are part of Irish Water’s National Leakage Reduction Programme, which has seen €500million invested to reduce leakages across the country up to the end of 2021.

The upgrade along the L3305 will run from Carney Village towards Drumcliffe, in the townland of Coolbeg, and along the public road extending from Carney Village towards Lissadel. The works will also include the laying of new water service connections from the public water main to customers’ property boundaries. Lead service connections on the public roadway will also be replaced as part of the improvement works.

Disruption to customers will be minimised with the areas of work limited to short sections and a stop-go traffic management system will be in place.

These essential works may require some short-term water outages but the project team will ensure that customers are given 48 hours’ notice ahead of any planned interruptions.

Irish Water’s customer care helpline is open 24/7 on 1800 278 278 and customers can also contact us on Twitter @IWCare with any queries.

Irish Water is responsible for the delivery of all public water and wastewater services in Ireland. We are committed to continuously upgrading and developing critical infrastructure to support the growth needed in housing and across our economy, while protecting the environment and safeguarding water supplies.