Sunday 25 August 2019

Water mains work in Ferns to last three months

Old cast iron water pipes
Old cast iron water pipes

Simon Bourke

The water mains in the Main Street in Ferns is to be replaced so that a more reliable water supply for the area can be established. The works have been sanctioned by Irish Water, in partnership with Wexford County Council, and will begin on Tuesday July 16 with completion expected in September of this year.

The replacement of water mains and service connections will reduce the instances of bursts and water outages and will ensure a reliable supply of water to customers and local businesses in the area. Over 298 metres of old cast iron water mains will be replaced by high density polyethylene (plastic) pipes leading to better water quality for service users.

The works will also involve 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. These works are being carried out as part of Irish Water's National Leakage Reduction Programme which will see over €500 million invested in the public water network over the next four years.

Speaking about the works, Mark O'Duffy of Irish Water said, 'The proposed works are extremely important in terms of the safety and security of supply to the homes and businesses of Ferns. The size and scale of the challenge that leakage presents is clear but we have a plan to tackle the issue and we are working in partnership with the Local Authority and our contractors to save significant amounts of water.'

Councillor Cathal Byrne (Fine Gael) said, 'I welcome these upgrade works, the replacing of the old cast iron pipes with plastic piping should help to ensure a safe and reliable water supply in the village of Ferns into the future.

'My concern would be however, on the impact that the closure of Main Street Upper from July to September have on local businesses and residents. I would call on Irish Water to do all they can to minimise the impact on businesses and residents during the works.'

A road closure on Main Street Upper will be in place for the duration of the works with local diversions in place. Local access will be maintained at all times.

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