Monday 15 October 2018

Traffic disruption likely on N15 in Christmas run-up

Paul Deering

Motorists on the main Sligo to Donegal road (N15) will face disruption in the lead-up to Christmas as Irish Water replaces over 2k of pipes in the Cashelgarron area. Householders will also be affected with water supplies being hit.

Irish Water working in partnership with the County Council will start replacing 2.7 kilometres of ageing water mains on December 4 along the N15 national primary route in the townlands of Mullaghnaneane and Cashelgarran.

This will involve the replacement of the existing ageing and fatigued pipeline with modern high density polyethylene pipes. The works will also include the replacement of existing pipeline valves and fittings.

Irish Water's Water Network Regional Lead Dave Murphy, said: "These works will commence at the beginning of December and will be carried out by Farran's Construction on behalf of Irish Water. The project is expected to be completed in approximately 10 weeks and will deliver significant improvements to customers who have been affected by disruptions to their water supply due to leakage along the pipe.

"Trenchless technology will be used as part of these works as a method to reduce the potential impact and traffic disruption which may be caused due to these works."

Irish Water says the 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 plannedcuts to service.

Customers can contact the Irish Water call centre on 1850 278 278 if they have any queries.

Traffic management will be in place for the duration of the works and local and emergency traffic will be maintained at all times, says Irish Water.

Works will finish up for Christmas on Friday, December 22 and will start up again on Monday, January 8 2018.

Sligo retailers will be hoping that the works will not put off customers travelling to Sligo from South Donegal for their Christmas shopping.

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.

This plan includes an investment in leakage reduction and water quality initiatives, called the Leakage Reduction Programme, which will see an investment of €512 million during the period to 2021.

These works are vital to ensuring a clean, safe and reliable public water supply to support our growing population and economy, a spokesperson for Irish Water said.

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