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Sligo Backyard Service Replacement

Leakage Reduction Programme

Uisce Éireann, in partnership with Sligo County Council, is replacing ageing back yard water mains and providing new service connections for a number of customers along Pearse Road, Sligo. The works will provide a more reliable water supply, improve water quality and reduce high levels of leakage.

In some older estates water connections, typically made of iron or lead, were installed to the rear of the property and are often referred to as backyard service connections. The pipework due to age and deteriorating condition are a significant source of leakage and reduced levels of service. Backyard services are usually shared, running through a number of neighbouring properties making it difficult to detect and repair leaks. Since all properties share a connection, leaks and bursts affect all properties usually resulting in low pressure.

The works in Sligo will extend along the main Pearse Road (R287) between Markievicz and Marymount and within the adjacent Pearse Crescent and Cairns View Estates The works will involve the decommissioning of 800m of ageing watermains, many running to the rear of properties, the provision of 230m of new water mains in the public road and the provision of a number of new services, some of which will replace current backyard services.

These works will be carried out by Farrans Construction in partnership with Sligo County Council on behalf of Uisce Éireann.

Leakage reduction


The benefits of the backyard service works include:

  • Reliable Water Supply - Replacing the old water mains with new water mains and service connections will reduce the instances of bursts and water outages and will ensure a reliable supply of water to customers in the area
  • Reduced Leaks - Replacement of old water mains and service connections in poor condition will eliminate existing leaks and reduce the amount of clean drinking water lost into the ground.
  • Improved Water Quality - Removing existing old cast iron and lead from the water network and replacing them with new modern pipes will reduce the risk of contamination.
  • Improved Operation and Maintenance - These works will deliver efficiencies including cost savings by providing improved water network operation that will require less maintenance in the future.

Will customers be affected by the works?

A survey is required at each property within this community. The individual survey is undertaken to assess the current water connection arrangement for that property and discuss the best way to connect the new service to the customers home.

Customers to benefit from these improvement works will be contacted directly by Farrans Construction to provide information about the required works and to discuss a suitable time to carry out an individual survey.

The works, when they commence, may involve some short-term water outages and the project team will ensure that customers are given a minimum of 48-hours notice prior to any planned water outages. Where water mains are being constructed traffic management, in the form of stop/go traffic lights may be in place during this time. 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.

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