Replacing ageing water mains in a number of areas across Sligo

Irish Water, working in partnership with Sligo County Council is replacing ageing water mains in a number of areas to improve security of supply and reduce high levels of leakage. The works involve the replacement of problematic water main with high density polyethylene (plastic) pipes. The programme to replace the water mains will be carried out in the summer months. These works are being carried out as part of our National Leakage Reduction Programme.

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.

Works take place at Rinbaun, Cairns Hill and Bóthar an Corran

The works will take place at Rinbaun, Cairns Hill and Bóthar an Corran. The works will 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 be replaced as part of this improvement work. The works will be carried out on our behalf by Farrans Construction Ltd.

What is involved in each section of works

The Bóthar an Corran works, which involve the replacement of over 530m of problematic water mains, commenced on 10 June and will take approximately four weeks to complete. These works will take place from St. Martin’s to Inishfree, Keenaghan.

The Cairns Hill works are due to commence mid-June 2019 and involve the replacement of 360m of problematic water mains along Campbell’s Court. These works are expected to finish in July 2019.

In Rinbaun, over 1km of old mains will be replaced along the N17 from Coolaney/Mullinabreen GAA club and finishing approximately 6 kilometres from Ballanacarrow. These works are due to commence in July 2019 and are expected to be complete by September 2019.

Dave Murphy, Regional Lead for the Leakage Reduction Programme

“Replacing these ageing water mains will not only reduce the high levels of leakage, but it will also improve security of water supply, as well as improving the quality of the water. We would like to thank local residents and businesses for their ongoing cooperation as we work together to deliver these improvements and Sligo County Council for their continuing efforts in delivering this programme of works.”

“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,” 

More information

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. For more information visit our Leakage Reduction Programme page.

Nationally, our Leak Reduction Programme is investing €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. 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.


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