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Thursday 21 February 2019

Irish Water will begin work to replace 'problematic' pipes

Irish Water will this week begin work to replace old and problematic water pipes with modern, polyethylene (plastic) pipes on the Templehouse Road at Camross, Ballymote and Bunduff, Mullaghmore.

These works will improve the water supply for residents and businesses by tackling the high levels of water leakage in the area.

The programme will involve the replacement of approximately 1.8km of water mains in Camross, Ballymote and 381m of water mains in Bunduff, Mullaghmore. The Bunduff works will take place on a local side road off the N15. These works are being carried out as part of Irish Water's national Leakage Reduction Programme.

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.

Where the existing service connections on the public side are lead these will be replaced as part of this improvement work.

The works will be carried out on behalf of Irish Water by Farrans Construction Ltd and are expected to be completed by March 2019.

Dave Murphy, Irish water stated: "Replacing these ageing water mains will not only reduce the high levels of leakage, but it will also improve security of water supply, as well as improving the quality of the water.

"We would like to thank local residents and businesses for their ongoing cooperation as we work together to deliver these improvements and Sligo County Council for their continuing efforts in delivering this programme of works."

Replacing old 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 and will eliminate existing leaks. This will reduce the amount of clean drinking water lost into the ground.

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' notice prior to any planned water shut offs.

Traffic management may be in place during this time. There may be local diversions 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 works crews will make every effort to minimise any disruption these necessary works cause. We will continue to work with the community to minimise disruption," added Dave.

Residents and businesses in the areas to benefit from the planned improvements have been notified and customers can phone Irish Water on Callsave 1850 278 278 if they have any questions about the project.

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.

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