An Irish Water project to replace ageing water mains in High Road/Windyhall are of Letterkenny will take up to 15 weeks, it has been revealed.
Irish Water working in partnership with Donegal County Council will beginning on Monday, 29 January 2018 to replace old and damaged water mains in the area.
Traffic disruptions are inevitable although Irish Water says it will try to limit these delays as much as possible.
These water mains renewal works are part of Irish Water’s national Leakage Reduction Programme.
The Leakage Reduction Programme will see over €500 million invested over the next four years to reduce leakage and remove old lead pipes from the public water network.
2. What works are involved as part of this project?
The High Road / Windyhall water mains replacement works will include the following:
Decommissioning and replacement of approximately 750m of ageing water mains with modern high density polyethylene (HDPE) plastic pipes.
Replacement of old and damaged service connections along High Road / Windyhall, Letterkenny, Co Donegal. Service connections are the water pipes that connect a customer’s property to the public water mains.
The work will be carried out by Farrans Construction on behalf of Irish Water. It is expected that these works will take approximately 15 weeks to complete.
3. What are the benefits of this project?
The benefits of these water mains renewal works include:
A reliable water supply – replacing the ageing water mains and service connections will reduce the instances of bursts in the area and thereby significantly reduce the level of disruption to customers in the High Road / Windyhall area of Letterkenny.
Improved water quality – removing existing old cast iron and lead pipes from the public water network and replacing them with new plastic pipes will reduce the risk of contamination.
Reduced leaks – replacing the old water mains and service connections will eliminate existing leaks and reduce the amount of clean drinking water lost into the ground.
Improved operation and maintenance – these works will deliver cost savings by providing improved water network operation that will require less maintenance in the future.
4. Will residents be affected by the works?
The areas of work 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.
Traffic management will be in place for the duration of the works. Local and emergency traffic will be maintained at all times.
We understand that this type of work can be inconvenient and work crews will make every effort to minimise disruption.
5. What are the next steps?
Residents in the affected areas will be notified ahead of the works commencing and customers can phone Irish Water on Callsave 1850 278 278 they have any questions about the project.
Irish Water would like to apologise in advance for any inconvenience these essential works cause. Details of work in the area will be updated regularly on the Water Supply Updates section of the Irish Water website at https://www.water.ie/water-supply/supply-and-service- update/
Further information on Irish Water’s Leakage Reduction Programme is also available on the Irish Water website www.water.ieTags: