Part of National Leakage Reduction Programme

Irish Water, working in partnership with Donegal County is replacing ageing water mains on Wesleyan Street, Rathmullan to improve security of supply and reduce high levels of leakage.

The works involve the replacement of approximately 258 metres of problematic water mains with new high density polyethylene (plastic) pipes. The programme to replace problematic water mains in Rathmullan is scheduled to commence on the week of 25 March 2019. These works are being carried out as part of Irish Water’s national Leakage Reduction Programme.

The section of works will take place on the R247 Wesleyan Street between Pier Road and Main Street. The works 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.

Works to be completed by May 2019

The works will be carried out on behalf of Irish Water by Farrans Construction Ltd and are expected to be completed by May 2019.

Declan Cawley, Regional Lead for Irish Water’s Leakage Reduction Programme stated “Replacing these ageing water mains will not only reduce the high levels of leakage, but it will also improve security of water supply. We would like to thank local residents and businesses for their cooperation as we work together to deliver these improvements and Donegal County Council for their continuing efforts in delivering this programme of works.”

Replacing old water mains and service connections will reduce the instances of bursts and water outages and will ensure a reliable supply of water to customers and local businesses in the area and will eliminate existing leaks. This will reduce the amount of clean drinking water lost into the ground.

Works may involve some short-term water shut offs

Areas of work will be limited to short sections to minimise impact on customers. 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. There may be local diversions in place for the duration of the works. Local and emergency traffic will be maintained at all times.

“We understand that this type of work can be inconvenient and works crews will make every effort to minimise any disruption these necessary works cause. We will continue to work with the community to minimise disruption” added Declan.

Residents and businesses in the areas to benefit from the planned improvements have been notified and customers can our customer care helpline on Callsave 1850 278 278 with any questions about the project.

Water supply updates 

We regret any inconvenience these necessary water network improvements cause. Details of work in the area will be updated regularly on the Water Supply Updates section. 

For more information, visit out Leakage Reduction Programme section. 

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 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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