16 January 2018 Go back to News
Sligo Water Mains and Sewer Rehabilitation project ahead of schedule
Project will ensure improved supply to all customers
Irish Water can confirm that over 86% of the Sligo Water Mains and Sewer Rehabilitation project is complete. All pipe laying works are ahead of schedule and forecast to finish by end of March 2018 in advance of the original contract dates.
Working in partnership with Sligo County Council and Contractors Ward & Burke Ltd, we would again like to thank the businesses, residents and shoppers in Sligo City for their continued patience and co-operation while the project progresses
The water main rehabilitation contract works represent a €6.8 million investment by Irish Water in Sligo and will ensure an improved supply to all customers by reducing leakage and bursts. The project will also deliver financial savings over the medium and long term through reduced maintenance costs associated with the upgraded pipeline.
Completion of pipe laying works
During the months of November and December, pipe laying works were completed in further areas including Old Market Street, Connelly Street, Union Street, Lower Quay Street, Holborn Hill, Cemetery Road, Bridge Street, Stephen Street while Quay Street was completed in the first weeks of January.
Pipe laying works are currently progressing along Fatima Avenue, Wine Street (night works), Hyde Bridge and Lower Knox Street (due for completion by mid-February). Pipe laying works on Stephen Street car park are also expected to be completed by February. This will bring to a conclusion all pipe laying works under the Ward & Burke contract.
Between now and the end of March, minor works will be ongoing across the city and resurfacing works will begin mid-February to the end of March, weather dependant. These will take place on Wine Street (night works), Stephen Street (night works) and Fatima Avenue. Road closures will be in place for resurfacing works.
Sligo County Council along with the contractor will continue to liaise with An Garda Siochána to implement traffic management plans so as to minimise traffic disruption.
The overall project involves the replacement and rehabilitation of approximately 8.7km of ageing water mains. It also includes 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.
Reducing network leakage to less than 38% by 2021
We are committed to reducing network leakage to less than 38% by 2021 and this investment will help us meet this target. In relation to other investments in the Sligo Urban area, we are also pleased to announce that the separate O’Connell Street Sewer Re-Lining Project, undertaken by Carty Contractors Ltd., is complete.
Works have just commenced by contractors McGovern Plant Ltd. in the Ballytivnan/Holborn Hill area to replace a defective 1km stretch of ageing water main along which there have been frequent bursts over the last couple of years.
Source Civil Ltd. was appointed the contractor for the Kilsellagh to Ballinode Cast Iron Watermains Replacement project. These works are programmed to commence in February and will continue until July. The works represent a further €1.1 million investment by Irish Water in Sligo and will ensure an improved supply to all customers by improving water quality, reducing leakage and bursts.
Irish Water investment plan
All of these projects in Sligo form 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.