Irish Water, working in partnership with Mayo County Council, is set to commence works on the Creggs Road, Ballina which will involve the replacement of ageing water mains for the benefit of over 100 properties. The works, which are due to commence in the week starting December 11, are part of Irish Water’s National Leakage Reduction Programme which will reduce the high level of leakage across the country by fixing or replacing ageing water mains over the next four years.
The benefits to customers are significant improvements in network performance and customer service in terms of supply pressure, security and quality of supply, and water pressure.
This project will involve the decommissioning and replacement of approximately 900 metres of ageing public water mains on Creggs Road in Ballina. The works will also see the replacement of old damaged service connections. A service connection is the water pipe which joins Irish Water’s public main to a customer’s property. The old water mains and service connections will be replaced with modern high density polyethylene (HDPE) plastic pipes.
Commenting, Irish Water’s Water Network Regional Lead Dave Murphy, said: “These works will commence at the beginning of December and will be carried out by Mayo County Council on behalf of Irish Water. The project is expected to be completed in approximately 12 weeks and will deliver significant improvements to customers who have been affected by disruptions to their water supply due to leakage along the pipe.”
The work sections will be limited to short sections to minimise impact on customers. 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 prior notice of any planned water shut offs. Customers can contact the Irish Water call centre on 1850 278278 if they have any queries.
Traffic management will be in place for the duration of the works and local and emergency traffic will be maintained at all times. Works will finish up for Christmas on Friday, December 22 and will recommence on Monday, January 8.
This project forms part of Irish Water’s investment plan. Works have been prioritised to address the most critical issues in line with commitments outlined in Irish Water’s 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. This plan includes an investment in leakage reduction and water quality initiatives, called the Leakage Reduction Programme, which will see an investment of €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.