Essential watermain improvement works due to begin in Swinford

Declan Cawley, Networks Regional Lead with Irish Water.

Declan Cawley, Networks Regional Lead with Irish Water.

Essential works will begin this week to replace an old watermain in Swinford that is prone to high levels of leakage.

These works are to improve the reliability of the water supply for residents and businesses who have been affected by water outages.

Irish Water and Mayo County Council are advancing these works to reduce the level of bursts and outages in the East Mayo town and eliminate leaks.

Approximately 230 metres of old watermain on Riverside Road will be replaced with polyethylene (plastic ) pipes and new water service connections from the public main to customers’ property boundaries will also be installed.

Outlining the benefits of these works, Declan Cawley, Networks Regional Lead with Irish Water, said: "These essential works will strengthen and reinforce the water network in Swinford. There will be an immediate impact for customers with an improvement to the water supply due to reduced leakage rates and unplanned outages when bursts occur.

"During these essential works, customers may experience some short-term water outages. Irish Water will work to limit any disruptions, areas of work will be limited to short sections to minimise impact on customers and households and businesses will be notified of any planned water outages.

"We understand the inconvenience caused when works occur and thank customers for their patience while we complete these essential works to safeguard the water supply for customers.

"The replacement of the water mains and service connections will not only reduce the instances of bursts and outages but eliminate existing leaks and reduce the amount of clean drinking water lost underground."

Mayo County Council is carrying out the works on behalf of Irish Water. Traffic management will be in place to facilitate the safe delivery of the works, which are due to be completed by the end of October.


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