24 January 2018 Go back to News
Works commence on the High Road and Windyhall Water Mains Replacement Project
Project will reduce bursts and disruption to customers
Irish Water, in partnership with Donegal County Council, is set to commence works on the High Road/Windyhall Water Mains Replacement Project. This project will involve the replacement of 750 metres of ageing water mains. The works, which are due to commence in the week starting January 29, are part of our National Leakage Reduction Programme. This programme will reduce the high level of leakage across the country by fixing or replacing ageing water mains over the next four years.
The benefits to customers include significant improvements in network performance and customer service in terms of supply pressure, security and quality of supply. This particular project will reduce the number of bursts in the area, significantly reducing the level of disruption to customers.
750 metres of ageing public water mains replaced
The project will involve the decommissioning and replacement of approximately 750 metres of ageing public water mains as well as the replacement of old damaged service connections. A service connection is the water pipe which joins Irish Water’s public main to a customer’s property. The old water mains and service connections will be replaced with modern high density polyethylene (HDPE) plastic pipes.
Commenting, Declan Cawley, Water Network Regional Lead, said “These works will commence in the coming weeks and will be carried out by Farran’s Construction on behalf of Irish Water. The project is expected to be completed in approximately 15 weeks and will deliver significant improvements to customers who have been affected by disruptions to their water supply due to leakage along the pipe.”
The work will be limited to short sections to minimise impact on customers and may involve some short-term water shut offs. The project team will ensure that customers are given a minimum of 48 hours prior notice of any planned water shut offs. For any queries, please contact our customer care helpline on Callsave 1850 278 278 .
Traffic management will be in place for the duration of the works and local and emergency traffic will be maintained at all times.
Irish Water’s national Leakage Reduction Programme
This project forms part of Irish Water’s investment plan. Works have been prioritised to address the most critical issues in line with commitments outlined in the Business Plan. Delivery of the business plan will involve a €5.5 billion investment in capital spending on drinking water and wastewater quality, capacity and new infrastructure up to 2021. This plan includes an investment in leakage reduction and water quality initiatives, called the Leakage Reduction Programme. This will see an investment of €512 million during the period to 2021. These works are vital to ensuring a clean, safe and reliable public water supply to support our growing population and economy.
For more information, visit our Leakage Reduction Programme page.