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Cllr Tom O’Leary at the site of Irish Water works in Skerries

Cllr Tom O’Leary at the site of Irish Water works in Skerries

Cllr Tom O’Leary at the site of Irish Water works in Skerries

A local councillor has welcomed news from Irish Water that progress is being made under its National Leakage Reduction Programme for securing local water supply in Skerries.

The construction of a new watermains in Skerries is set to ensure a more secure and sustainable water supply for the local community.

Phase 1 of the project involved the installation of a watermain replacement on Rush Road (R128) from Shennick Road towards Thomastown.

The works also involved laying new water service connections from the public water main in the road to customers' property boundaries and connecting it to the customers' water supply.

This section of works is in the final commissioning stage and is expected to completed in the next week.

Phase 2 includes watermain replacement on Miller's Lane, Dublin Road, Newtown Parks (along Barnageeragh Road) and Guillemot.

This section of work will commence construction following on from Phase 1 and is due for completion in October 2020.

Irish Water said it wished to thank the local community for their patience while it delivered these improvements, and regretted any inconvenience that may be caused during delivery.

Welcoming the news, local Fine Gael councillor Tom O'Leary said: 'This (project) will secure the local water supply in Skerries, especially in the housing estates on the periphery of Skerries Barnageeragh Cove, or estates on higher ground - St Patricks close, Townparks, Selskar, parts of Kellys bay.

'I estimate Irish Water are spending millions on this project which will increase the water pressure in new pipes and watermain in Skerries.'

He added: 'Skerries hit a water supply issue a couple of years ago and I was involved in direct negotiations, along with other members of the Skerries community to extract a plan from Irish Water to fix this issue.

'I am happy to see it progress and look forward to the completion in 2020.'

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