Over 65 per cent of the Sligo Water Mains and Sewer Rehabilitation project is complete. This project will benefit local homes and businesses with all pipe laying works on target for completion by May 2018.

Irish Water, working in partnership with Sligo County Council and Contractors Ward & Burke Ltd, 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.

Speaking about the project Cathaoirleach of Sligo County Council, Councillor Seamus Kilgannon, said “This project represents a major investment in Sligo’s water and sewer infrastructure. It will greatly enhance the capacity of the local water main and sewer network. It is hugely significant in terms of our ability to develop the town, both for existing businesses and potential new enterprise.”

During September and October, works were completed in Upper Pearse Road, Cleveragh Road, John Street, Castle Street, Old Market Street, Ash Lane and Duck Street. Pipe laying works have also been mostly completed along Bridge Street with final road reinstatement works due for completion within the next two to three weeks.

Pipe laying works are currently progressing along Union Street and Stephen Street (both programmed for completion by mid November) and Connolly Street (programmed for completion by the end of November). 

Between now and the end of the year further pipe laying works are programmed to be undertaken along Lower Knox Street, Lower Quay Street, Quay Street, Holborn Hill and Cemetery Road areas. By agreement with Sligo County Council, works restrictions are being put in place to minimise disruption in the lead up to Christmas along some of the core city centre streets.

In early 2018 remaining pipe laying is programmed to commence along Wine Street and in the outlying Fatima Avenue area off Cemetery Road. This will bring to a conclusion all principal works under the Ward & Burke contract.

Sligo County Council along with the contractor will continue to liaise with An Garda Siochana 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, 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.

Irish Water is committed to reducing network leakage to less than 38% by 2021 and this investment will help the utility to meet this target.

The separate O’Connell Street Sewer Rehabilitation project, undertaken by Carty Contractors Ltd, is progressing well with the street now re-open to daytime traffic flows. Night time closures, necessary to complete the remaining works, are expected to be lifted by 21 November.

All 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 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.


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