Works to provide a more reliable water supply and reduce high levels of leakage

Irish Water, in partnership with Donegal County Council, is replacing old problematic water mains in Ballindrait, Co. Donegal to provide a more reliable water supply and reduce high levels of leakage.

The works involve the replacement of approximately 1043 metres of problematic water mains with high density polyethylene (plastic) pipes. The programme to replace the water mains in Ballindrait will commence in late August 2020. These works are being carried out as part of Irish Water’s National Leakage Reduction Programme.

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 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. 

The works will be carried out on behalf of Irish Water by Farrans and are expected to be completed by October 2020.

Shut offs and traffic management

Speaking about the project, Irish Water’s Leakage Reduction Programme Regional Lead Declan Cawley said “Irish Water is committed to safeguarding the water supply for customers in Ballindrait and we are delighted to announce that these works will begin at the end of August and will be completed in October 2020.”

Declan added ‘’the works will involve some short-term water shut offs and traffic management measures which we understand may cause inconvenience. 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.”

This project is one example of how we are working in partnership with Donegal County Council to reduce leaks every day. Fixing leaks can be complicated with over 63,000 km of water pipe in Ireland. Most leaks aren’t visible, resulting in precious water being lost but we are making progress. In 2018 the rate of leakage nationally was 46%, by the end of 2019 it was 42% and we are currently on course to achieve a national leakage rate of 38% by 2021

Leakage Reduction Programme

The National Leakage Reduction Programme helps provide a more reliable water supply to Irish communities, reduce high levels of leakage and improve water quality. Its delivery means investment of over €500 million between 2017 and 2021 to reduce leakage and replace old pipes on the water network.

Residents and businesses in the area to benefit from the planned improvements have been notified and customers can phone Irish Water on 1850 278 278 if they have any questions about the project. 

More information

Details of work in the area will be updated regularly on the Water Supply Updates section of our website. Further information on leakage reduction can be found on our Leakage Reduction Programme page.

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