€12m Irish Water replacement and rehabilitation project for Donegal

Irish Water has announced a €12 million replacement and rehabilitation project for Donegal.

Works are due to begin next month to replace approximately 40km of ageing water mains across 13 priority sections in the county.

The works which are expected to take around 14 months to complete will involve the decommissioning and replacement of approximately 40km of ageing water mains at: Ballybofey South Backline, Argery Reservoir; Ballindrait & Lifford Reservoir; Three Trees, Quigleys Point; Cabry, Redcastle; Carlin, Kerrykeel; Donaghmore, Fanad; Sheskinbeg; Derrybeg to Brinlack; Meenaleck to Rannafast; Corker, Rossnowlagh; Abbeylands, Ballyshannon; Ballyshannon Town (Erne Street & St. Benildus Avenue); and Bundoran West End.

The utility says; replacing these ageing water mains and service connections will reduce the instances of bursts and water outages and help ensure a reliable supply of water as well as leading to improved water quality due to the removal of old cast iron pipes, replacing them with modern plastic pipes to reduce risk of contamination.

Statement in full:

August 17th, 2018 - Irish Water, working in partnership with Donegal County Council, will begin works to replace approximately 40km of ageing water mains across 13 priority sections in Co Donegal. Replacing these ageing water mains and service connections will reduce the instances of bursts and water outages and help ensure a reliable supply of water to customers and local businesses throughout the county. It will also lead to improved water quality by removing old cast iron pipes from the network and replacing them with modern plastic pipes which will reduce the risk of contamination.

The works are scheduled to commence in September 2018 and are expected to take approximately 14 months to complete. The contract for the works was awarded to ShareRidge Limited.

The works will involve the decommissioning and replacement of approximately 40km kilometres of ageing water mains at 13 priority sections across Donegal including: Ballybofey South Backline, Argery Reservoir; Ballindrait & Lifford Reservoir; Three Trees, Quigleys Point; Cabry, Redcastle; Carlin, Kerrykeel; Donaghmore, Fanad; Sheskinbeg; Derrybeg to Brinlack; Meenaleck to Rannafast; Corker, Rossnowlagh; Abbeylands, Ballyshannon; Ballyshannon Town (Erne Street & St. Benildus Avenue); and Bundoran West End.

The project will include the removal of 116 backyard services at Erne Street and St. Benildus Avenue in Ballyshannon Town, and will also involve laying new water service connections from the public water main in the street/road to customers’ property boundaries and connecting it to the customer’s water supply.

As the works are spread widely across various parts of the county, Irish Water will agree the priority and schedule of works with the contractor, in consultation with the various area roads offices to align with road works and other works programmes. Residents and businesses in the affected areas will be notified ahead of the work commencing and provided with contact details should they have any questions.