Stable water supply for Swinford this summer

17 February 2023

Before Swinford celebrates Siamsa Sráide this summer homes and businesses in the town will be guaranteed a more reliable water supply. 

Uisce Éireann crews will arrive in the town in the coming weeks to begin work on replacing more than 2.5km of old water mains which are susceptible to regular bursts. 

The new pipes along Davitt Place, Park Road, Kiltimagh Road, Chapel Street and Market Street will put a stop to outages and leakage and give customers much more confidence in their water supply.

Uisce Éireann’s Networks Regional Lead Declan Cawley is looking forward to getting the East Mayo project underway. 

Fewer bursts and less leakage mean a stronger supply for homes and businesses. Swinford will no longer be under threat of sporadic bursts." 

Farrans Construction will carry out the works on behalf of Uisce Éireann with a completion date this summer. 

Traffic lights will be in operation during the course of the project, but the areas of work will be limited to short sections to minimise impact. Locals can be assured that local and emergency traffic will be accommodated at all times. 

The essential works may involve some short-term water interruptions, but the project team will ensure that customers are given a minimum of 48 hours’ notice prior to any planned interruptions. 

We understand that this type of work is inconvenient, and our crews will make every effort to minimise disruption to the local people.  These works are essential for Swinford and the long-term benefits will far outweigh any short-term inconvenience. We thank the community for their patience and co-operation.” 

This project forms part of Uisce Eireann’s National Leakage Reduction Programme and will help us achieve our 2030 goal of a national leakage rate of 25%. The National Leakage Reduction team has made great strides since 2018 when the leakage rate stood at 46%. 

Since 2018, Uisce Éireann has invested more than €500 million to upgrade the underground water network across the country through the delivery of the national Leakage Reduction Programme. We are investing a further €250 million every year up to the end of 2030 - fixing leaks and replacing pipes to provide a more reliable water supply.

For more information, please visit our National Leakage Reduction Programme page.