Works involved decommissioning and replacement of water mains

Irish Water, working in partnership with Donegal County Council, confirms that works to improve drinking water supply and quality in the Ballintra area have been completed.

The water mains replacement works involved the decommissioning and replacement of approximately 300 metres of problematic cast iron water mains with modern, high density polyethylene (plastic) pipes. The works were undertaken along Main Street by Farran’s Construction Limited on behalf of Irish Water.

Commitment to safeguarding supply

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 Ballintra and we are delighted to announce that these works have now been successfully completed. The works were temporarily stopped in response to the COVID-19 crisis, but we were able to resume works and complete the project early in August.

Declan added ‘‘There was a history of leaks in Ballintra, as well as bursts and outages. To improve drinking water supply, quality and water pressure in the area we decommissioned and replaced approximately 300 metres of cast iron water mains along Main Street. We also took this opportunity to lay new water service connections from the public water main to customers’ property boundaries and connect them to the customer’s water supply.

‘’The works did involve some short-term water shut offs and traffic management measures which we understand causes inconvenience. However, we would like to take this opportunity to thank customers and businesses for their patience while we completed these essential works.’’

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.

More information

For more on leakage visit our Leakage Reduction Programme page.


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