Details of the O’Connell Street Water Main and Sewer Rehabilitation Works were presented to local stakeholders including businesses and elected representatives at a meeting in the Town Hall on Monday evening.

Speaking after the meeting, which was attended by over 20 businesses, Sligo Chamber of Commerce President Des Faul welcomed the works saying: “This project is a very positive development for Sligo. Our water infrastructure is a key component of making Sligo an attractive location for investment. We were delighted to attend such an informative meeting and notwithstanding the necessary disruption, communications will be a key factor in the success of this project and the meeting was an excellent start to that process.”

Irish Water, through their project partners Sligo County Council, have applied for a number of road closures in and around the O’Connell Street area of Sligo to facilitate the long awaited water main and sewer rehabilitation works which are due to commence in September. A full traffic management plan will be in place during the works with signage erected alerting drivers to the diversions.

Cathaoirleach of Sligo County Council Cllr Hubert Keaney has weighed in behind the project: “This investment by Irish water is the seed which can mark the rebirth of Sligo city. Together with the O’Connell Street enhancement works it heralds a new era in the commercial and cultural life of this street, our city and indeed our county.”

Irish Water announced details of the €1.25 million project this month which will directly benefit businesses and residents in Sligo City by improving water pressure and security of water supply. 13 million litres of water are being lost through leaks each year on O’Connell Street alone, outlining the urgency behind these essential works. The works, which represent a major investment in Sligo by Ireland’s national water utility, will also improve the condition of the existing combined sewer culvert that runs north to south along O’Connell Street.

The project will be undertaken in advance of Sligo County Council’s O’Connell Street Enhancement Project works programme to commence in 2017.
The project includes the completion of approximately 510 metres of water main rehabilitation and 210 metres of sewer rehabilitation works on O’Connell Street (and also extending into some adjacent streets) and all ancillary works including replacement of water main consumer connections.

Eunan Canavan, Capital Delivery Regional Lead, North West Region commented: “The water main rehabilitation works will result in significant improvements in network performance and level of customer service in terms of supply pressure, security of supply, fire flow capacity and operational pressure as well as delivering significant savings in terms of leakage reduction. Irish Water has committed to continuing our stakeholder engagement throughout the course of these works and a dedicated email address and telephone number will be supplied to local businesses should any issues arise during the length of the project.”

The proposed road closures include:

  • O’Connell Street between Monday 5th September and Wednesday 30th November. Access for deliveries will be facilitated between 8am and 12noon Monday to Saturday.  Pedestrian access will be maintained at all times. The alternative route for traffic will be via Lower John Street, Adelaide Street and Wine Street.
  • Junction of Grattan Street, Harmony Hill, O’Connell Street and John Street Lower between 5th September and 16th September between the hours of 7pm and 7am. The alternative route for traffic will be via Mail Coach Road, Temple Street, Adelaide Street and Wine Street.
  • Lower Knox Street between 19th September and 14th October between the hours of 7pm and 7am. The alternative route for traffic will be via Sligo Inner Relief Road, Hughes Bridge and Markievicz Road.

Irish Water has identified that 300 million litres of water are being lost through leaks in Sligo City every year; 13 million litres are being lost on O’Connell Street alone. The replacement of water mains and water services connections is vital in reducing leakage levels in the city and in addressing serious deficiencies in our water supply.

In addition to this the existing brick culvert that conveys waste water and storm water along O’Connell Street dates back to the late 1800’s or early 1900’s and is in poor structural condition.

It is anticipated that construction will commence in September 2016 and will be complete by the end of November 2016. Works will take place during the night time where appropriate. Residents and businesses in the affected areas will be notified ahead of the works commencing and provided with contact details should they have any questions.

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