Water mains upgrades planned for Meendoran, Co. Donegal

02 March 2023

Uisce Éireann crews have been busy in Donegal working hard to improve water infrastructure and reduce water outages in the area, having recently hit a significant milestone of saving more than 53 million litres of water from leakage since 2018 due to investment in the county’s water infrastructure. 

And the good news continues as works to replace 300 metres of old water mains in Meendoran is set to commence this month.  

The works along the L1191 in Meendoran are a critical step in conserving our precious resource and reducing high levels of busts and leakage which have been a significant source of disruption and outages for customers. 

Speaking about the benefits of the next phase of works scheduled for Inishowen Uisce Éireann’s Networks Regional Lead Declan Cawley said: “Working with Donegal County Council, we prioritise leakage reduction works in the areas that need it most. Replacing 300m of old pipes from the public water network in Meendoran will have major benefits for the drinking water supply in the area and in particular reducing bursts.

Declan thanked local businesses and residents for their patience and cooperation. 

Declan continued: “We understand that this type of work can be inconvenient for local residents but work crews will make every effort to minimise any disruptions these necessary works cause. We thank the community for their continued co-operation and patience,” explained Declan.   

These works will be carried out by Farrans Construction in partnership with Donegal County Council and are due to be completed by the end of April 2023. 

Where water mains are being replaced along the L1191 traffic management will be in place during this time. Traffic will be diverted via Drumfree on the R244 and R238. Local and emergency traffic will be maintained at all times. 

Uisce Éireann customers may experience some short-term interruptions to their water supply, but the project team will ensure that customers are given a minimum of 48 hours’ notice prior to any planned interruption.

Customers with questions about the project can call Uisce Éireann on 1800 278 278 or contact us on Twitter @IWCare. For further updates please see the Uisce Éireann.

Uisce Éireann is working with local authorities across the country to reduce leakage and provide customers with a more reliable water supply. Fixing leaks can be complicated but we are making progress. In 2018 the rate of leakage nationally was 46%, by the end of 2021 it was 38% and now we are on track to achieve a national leakage rate of 25% by the end of 2030.

Since 2018, Uisce Éireann has invested more than €500 million to upgrade the underground water network across the country through the delivery of the 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, visit our National Leakage Reduction Programme page.