Irish Water briefs local councillors ahead of works commencing

Irish Water in partnership with Monaghan County Council and GMC Utilities Group Limited last week briefed elected representatives on the specifics of the Monaghan Water mains Rehabilitation Project which was announced in January.

Irish Water is investing €5.5 million in this significant project which will greatly improve water quality for consumers in Monaghan town and Clones with GMC Utilities Limited the appointed contractor for the project.

The investment includes the replacement and rehabilitation of 9.1 km of ageing water mains in the Monaghan Town (4.8km) and Clones (4.3km) areas. The project also includes the replacement of 430 customer service connections and 134 common backyard services as well as the removal of any lead pipework encountered on the public-side of the water distribution network.

The total amount of water which will be saved as a result of the replacement of old water mains that are prone to leakage and regular bursts and which cause interruptions to supply is estimated at 54 million litres of water per year.

The works are scheduled to commence this month (March) and will take approximately 18 months to complete.

“Irish Water is cognisant of the fact that there will be disruption to the public during a project of this scale and every effort will be made to minimise impact on residents, businesses and road users,” explained Irish Water’s Regional Information Specialist, Sean Corrigan.

"Short-term water shut offs for a number of hours over a day or two in each area will be required where pipes are being connected to the system. The project team will ensure that householders and businesses are advised of any works in their area in advance.”

“Residents and business owners will already have received correspondence regarding the works and more letters will be delivered as the project progresses. A letter will be issued giving at least two weeks’ notification before the works commence. Anyone with queries can contact the project team during office hours on 1890 252261” Mr Corrigan added.

Speaking after the meeting, Cllr David Maxwell, Cathaoirleach of the Monaghan Municipal District, said “People have been calling for an upgrade to the Monaghan water supply for the last number of years and it is great to see it being delivered now with the removal of cast iron and lead pipes from Monaghan Town and Clones."

“The contractors are going to work with everyone affected in the town. The public should be getting correspondence shortly and I would ask everyone to work with the contractor to make this as seamless and as fast as possible.”

The project has many benefits including improvements to the water infrastructure in the Monaghan and Clones areas. Ageing water mains prone to frequent bursts will be replaced which will result in security of supply to customers and will also ensure that the existing and future residential and commercial development needs of the towns are served.

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 Irish Water’s recently published 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.


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