11 April 2019 Go back to News
Works in Clifden will improve water quality for businesses, residents and tourism
Replacement of a problematic section of water main on Bridge Street has been completed
Irish Water, working in partnership with Galway County Council, has completed the replacement of a problematic section of water main on Bridge Street in Clifden. The section of water main, had in the past caused water discolouration problems for consumers. Works to replace the section of water main outside the entrance to the Clifden Hospital will commence on April 15. Both of these projects will improve security of supply, improve water quality and reduce the risk of leakage which will have a direct benefit for local businesses and residents.
Further works will take place on Galway Road
The section of works at the hospital will coincide with the school Easter holidays. The works will take place on the Galway Road, directly opposite the hospital and will also involve laying new water service connections from the public water main in the road to customers’ property boundaries and connecting it to the customers’ water supply. Where the existing service connections on the public side are lead these will also be replaced as part of this improvement work.
Leakage Reduction Programme
This work is being carried out as part of our Leakage Reduction Programme, which will see €500m invested nationally over the next four years to tackle problematic pipes and leakage in Ireland’s ageing water network.
“These old sections of cast iron mains can cause discoloration of water, ” explained Dave Murphy, Leakage Reduction Programme Regional Lead. “The installation of these water mains is essential in providing a safe, secure and reliable water supply for this area, now and into the future. Customers in Clifden will see the benefits of this project for many years to come.”
Hospital section of works to be completed in May
This essential and important project will be carried out on our behalf by Farran’s Construction Ltd. The Bridge Street section of this project is completed, and the section at the hospital is programmed to be completed in May. Traffic management will be in place during this time. Local and emergency traffic will be maintained at all times.
We regret any inconvenience these necessary water network improvements may cause and would like to thank local residents and businesses for their cooperation in delivering these essential works which will bring a more reliable water supply to the local community.
Residents and businesses in the areas to benefit from the planned improvements have been notified and customers can phone us on Callsave 1850 278 278 if they have any questions about the project.
This project forms part of our investment plan. Works have been prioritised to address the most critical issues in line with commitments outlined in our Business Plan. Delivery of the business plan will involve a €5.5 billion investment in capital spending on drinking water and wastewater quality and capacity and new infrastructure up to 2021. This plan includes an investment in leakage reduction and water quality initiatives, called the Leakage Reduction Programme, which 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.