17 November 2016 Go back to News
Sligo's O’Connell Street will be reopened in time for Christmas shopping following Irish Water €1.25m watermain
Irish Water is delighted to confirm that O’Connell Street, Sligo will be reopened at the end of November in time for Christmas shopping. As part of the O’Connell Street Watermain and Sewer Rehabilitation Project, works will be off street by the end of November and road surface reinstatement works will be completed as agreed with local traders to facilitate the Christmas shopping period.
To date, approximately 510 metres of old watermain that are prone to leakage, regular bursts and interruptions to supply on O’Connell Street have now been replaced. This work has also involved the replacement of over 60 customer connections on the watermain network.
Irish Water, working in partnership with Sligo County Council and Carty Contractors Limited, would like to thank the general public and the business community for their patience and co-operation during the works.
The watermain 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.
Due to unforeseen circumstances the sewer liner works have taken longer than anticipated and will not now be completed until early 2017. All excavations associated with the sewer works, including the installation of new manholes and access points, will be completed by the end of November leaving just the installation of the sewer liner itself to be completed in early 2017. There is no further excavation required as part of these works. These final works will take place from mid-January with an expected completion date at the end of February. Further details including traffic and pedestrian management plans for these works will be issued to the local community and the media once available in the coming weeks.
Irish Water announced details of the €1.25 million project in July which will directly benefit businesses and residents in Sligo Town by improving water pressure and securing the water supply.
The O’Connell Street Watermain and Sewer Rehabilitation Project will improve water supply and water quality to the O’Connell Street area of Sligo and improve the condition of the existing combined sewer culvert that runs North to South along the street. This represents a major investment by Ireland’s national water utility in Sligo.