Irish Water, working in partnership with Donegal County Council, has announced plans to replace four sections of old and damaged water pipes in West Donegal.
The area is prone to frequent bursts and leakage and cause water supply disruptions for customers.
The four areas to benefit from these works are in the Falcarragh/Gortahork area and include Curransport, Calheam/An Sruthàn, Derryconnor and Ardsbeg.
Approximately 3.5 kilometres of water pipe that is in poor repair will be replaced in these four areas during the remainder of this year.
The one kilometre of mains that are being replaced in Curransport are located along the local road L1163-1 and the works are scheduled to start in the week commencing September 28.
A second section of mains, approximately 724 metres long, is being replaced in Calheam/An Sruthàn starting on October 12 along the L-1113-2.
The third section to be replaced spans 610 metres and is along the L-11533-0 in Ardsbeg and the fourth section is 1.1 kilometres along the L-1173-1 in Derryconner. Both of these final two sections will commence in November and all four sections are scheduled to be completed before the end of this year.
These works will ensure customers in these areas enjoy an improved water supply with less leaks and disruption from bursts and outages. Farran’s Construction Ltd are contracted to carry out the work on behalf of Irish Water.
Already this year Irish Water has carried out 3.2 kilometres of pipe replacement works at two other locations within the Falcarragh-Gortahork area close to the Cashel reservoir and from Ballina Cottages towards Ballintemple Lower.
Commenting on the project Declan Cawley, Irish Water said: “We are delighted that improvements to the Gortahork-Falcarragh water supply area are set to continue. To facilitate the safe delivery of the works there will be some short-term local road closures and traffic management in place during delivery. The community will be notified of this in advance. Alternative routes will be available, and diversions will be clearly sign-posted. Local and emergency access will be maintained at all times.
“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. 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.
“This mains replacement work is part of a significant investment by Irish Water to upgrade the water network across Donegal County and we would like to thank customers in advance for their cooperation and patience while we complete this essential job.”