3 July 2020 Go back to News
Works to resume in Ballintra to reduce leaks and improve water quality
Works will resume in line with Government and HSE Guidelines
Irish Water is working in partnership with Donegal County Council to replace approximately 300 metres of cast iron main in Ballintra. These works will resume on Monday 6 July in line with Government and HSE guidance. This contract is being carried out by Farran’s Construction Limited on behalf of Irish Water.
The water mains replacement works will involve the decommissioning and replacement of approximately 300 metres of problematic cast iron water mains with modern, high density polyethylene (plastic) pipes. The works will be undertaken along Main Street and are expected to be completed by the end of August.
The work will be completed in short sections and traffic management will be in place. Irish Water and Donegal County Council regrets any inconvenience caused by these works and thanks customers for their patience while we complete these essential works.
Safeguarding water 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. These works were temporarily stopped in response to the COVID-19 crisis but will now resume in line with Government and HSE guidance. The works will involve the decommissioning and replacement of approximately 300 metres of cast iron water mains along Main Street. The works will also involve laying new water service connections from the public water main to customers’ property boundaries and connecting them 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 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. Areas of work will be limited to short sections to minimise impact on customers.''
Irish Water is working at this time with our Local Authority partners, contractors and others to safeguard the health and well-being of both staff and the public and to ensure the continuity of critical drinking water and wastewater services. Irish Water would like to remind people to follow the HSE COVID-19 advice and ensure frequent handwashing.
Irish Water is working proactively with our delivery partners as part of a multi-agency working group to ensure that our construction works are carried out in a controlled and safe manner, in keeping with Government and HSE guidelines to protect workers, their families and the broader community.
National Leakage Reduction Programme
This 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. find out how we are tackling leakage across the country on our Leakage Reduction Programme page.