Irish Water replacing old problematic water mains in Ballina

Irish Water, working in partnership with Mayo County Council, is replacing ageing water mains in Ballina to improve security of supply, improve water quality and reduce high levels of leakage.

The works involve the replacement of approximately 1700 metres of old problematic water mains with high density polyethylene (plastic ) pipe material.

The works are part of Irish Water’s National Leakage Reduction Programme to reduce the high level of leakage across the country by fixing or replacing ageing water mains over the next four years. Works are due to commence in mid-September and are expected to take approximately 16 weeks to complete, at the end of which customers are expected to benefit from a more consistent water supply due to reduction in instances of bursts and leaks.

Irish Water Network Regional Lead David Murphy said: “The section of works will take place between Circular Road, Pound Street, Killala Road and Libadore on the Killala Road. 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 customers’ water supply. Where the existing service connections on the public side are lead based, these will be replaced as part of the improvement work.”

Areas of work 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 for any such eventualities.

Traffic management will also be in place during the work. Local and emergency traffic will be maintained at all times. Irish Water understands that this type of work can be inconvenient and works crews will make every effort to minimise any disruption these necessary works cause," added Murphy.

Residents and businesses in the areas affected have been notified and customers can phone Irish Water on Callsave (1850 ) 278 278 if they have any questions about the project.

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