€700,000 project will replace ageing water mains prone to frequent bursts

Irish Water is progressing a project to replace ageing water mains that are prone to frequent bursts at Drumure on the R194 from Killoe to Ballinalee and at Ballymakeegan North on the N4. This investment of €700,000 will replace 1.3kms of aging water mains from Killoe to Ballinalee and 4kms at Ballymakeegan North.

The contract for the project was recently signed and work will commence on site in June. Preliminary site investigation works will take place this month to establish if trenchless technology can be used to minimise disruption during the construction of the project. The project will improve the water pressure to homes and businesses and improve the security of the water supplies to communities in Drumure and in Ballymakeegan North.

During the works traffic management measures will be in place and local access will be maintained at all times. Every effort will be taken to minimise disruption to residents and road users.

Commenting on the investment Padraig Farrell, Capital Programme Lead, East and Midlands Region said “This investment in to replace the ageing water mains on the R194 from Killoe to Ballinalee at Drumure and on the N4 at Ballymakeegan will improve the water supply for customers as they will have a more secure water supply with increased water pressure to homes and businesses. Burst water mains are a common problem across the country resulting from decades of under investment in water infrastructure. Irish Water is committed to addressing this and the replacement of these aging water mains is part of Irish Water’s ongoing investment in Ireland’s water infrastructure”

Irish Water is also investing €5.5 million in a separate project, which is currently underway, to replace 31kms of water mains across Longford benefiting communities in Aughnacliffe, Ballagh, Cahanagh, Cloonmee, Drumlish, Drumure, Edgeworthstown, Granard and Newtownforbes. Irish Water spent over €530 million on water services in 2016. Capital investment in the region of €700 million per year is needed for a sustained period of several decades to address the poor condition of Ireland’s water infrastructure. Works have been prioritised to address the most critical issues in line with commitments outlined in Irish Water’s Business Plan up to 2021. Delivery of the business plan will involve a €5.5bn investment in capital spending on drinking water and wastewater quality and capacity and new infrastructure up to 2021 while achieving efficiencies of €1.6bn.

For more information, please view the Irish Water Business Plan in full.


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