Decommissioning and replacing one kilometre of old and damaged pipes with modern, high density polyethylene

Irish Water, working in partnership with Cavan County Council, is set to commence works in Swanlinbar on the week of March 25 to improve drinking water quality for local residents and businesses.

These water mains renewal works on the N87, south of Swanlinbar involve the decommissioning and replacement of approximately one kilometre of old and damaged pipes with modern, high density polyethylene (plastic) ones.

Works part of Leakage Reduction Programme

The works are part of our National Leakage Reduction Programme which will reduce the high level of leakage across the country by fixing or replacing ageing water mains over the next four years. This contract is being carried out by Farran’s Construction Limited and is expected to be completed in April 2019.

Once complete customers will experience improved water security and water quality in this area. Explaining further what’s involved, our Leakage Reduction Programme Regional Lead Declan Cawley said: “The works will involve the decommissioning and replacement of water mains in Swanlinbar and include laying water service connections from the public water main in the road to customers’ property boundaries and connecting them to the customer’s water supply. Where the existing service connections on the public side are lead these will be replaced as part of this improvement work.”

Possible short-term water shut offs necessary

The works may involve some short-term water shut offs and the project team will ensure that customers are given a minimum of 48 hours’ notice prior to any planned water shut offs. Traffic management may be in place during this time which may involve local diversions. Local and emergency traffic will be maintained at all times.

More information

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.

Further information on our Leakage Reduction Programme is available on our Leakage Reduction Programme page.

Our investment plan

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.


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