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Irish Water to replace water mains in Blacklion

Irish Water to replace water mains in Blacklion

Irish Water, working in partnership with Cavan County Council, is set to commence works on the Blacklion Water Mains Replacement Project, from Monday, 19 February.

Published on: 13 Feb 2018

The 14-week project will involve the replacement of approximately 1.1 kilometres of ageing cast iron water mains. The works, which are due to commence in the week starting Monday, 19 February, are part of Irish Water’s National Leakage Reduction Programme, which will reduce the high level of leakage across the country by fixing or replacing ageing water mains over the next four years.

The benefits to customers are significant improvements in network performance and customer service in terms of supply pressure, security and quality of supply, and water pressure. This particular project will reduce the instances of bursts in the area and thereby significantly reduce the level of disruption to customers.

This project will involve the decommissioning and replacement of approximately 1.1 kilometres of ageing public cast iron water mains as well as the replacement of old service connections. A service connection is the water pipe which joins Irish Water’s public main to a customer’s property. The old water mains and service connections will be replaced with modern high density polyethylene (HDPE) plastic pipes.

Also as part of this project, the works will include the replacement of shared backyard services in Marion Cresent, Blacklion. The works will involve laying a new main in the public road, adjacent to the property, and connecting the main to the property with a new service pipe.

Commenting, Irish Water’s Water Network Regional Lead Declan Cawley, said: “These works will commence in the coming weeks and will be carried out by Farran’s Construction on behalf of Irish Water. The project is expected to be completed in approximately 14 weeks and will deliver significant improvements to customers who have been affected by disruptions to their water supply due to leakage along the pipe.”

The work sections 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 planned water shut offs. 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.

Irish Water staff and contractors will always present their identification and will only enter a premises after arranging an appointment with the occupant/owner.