Irish Water to
address mains woes

Irish Water to 
address mains woes
Irish Water has agreed to bring forward the replacement of a troublesome water mains after the issue was revealed in last week’s Longford Leader.

Irish Water has agreed to bring forward the replacement of a troublesome water mains after the issue was revealed in last week’s Longford Leader.

The mains, which lies along the main R194 from Ballinalee to Killoe has been the subject of around half a dozen bursts since Christmas.

Those interruptions, allied to the deteriorating state of the road, has led to increasing unease both local business owners and politicians alike.

Among them was Fine Gael Cllr Michéal Carrigy.

He claimed too much pressure was being placed on the route, which spans just over 1km, after a new section of piping was installed entering Ballinalee village.

However, in correspondence sent by Irish Water to Cllr Carrigy in recent days, the water utility firm agreed to prioritise the route.

“This length of mains is part of a major water mains upgrade for the supply from Prucklish reservoir to feed into the Edgeworthstown area distribution network,” the statement read.

“Irish Water has agreed to accelerate this 1.3km section of water mains from Kiernan’s Forge to Aughagar Cross as a Minor Programme.”

Last week, it had been claimed much of the underground network consisted of old asbestos piping, something Irish Water admitted was now in need of complete overhaul.

“Given the nature of the pipeline in question the only solution is to replace the section over the entire 1.3km length,” the statement added.

The utility provider confirmed exploratory work would have to take place before the entire section of pipework can be replaced.

“The advanced works are to include preliminary site investigation works with the full replacement of the 1.3km section of mains to be completed by the second quarter of 2016,” Irish Water confirmed.

“This programme of works has been discussed with Longford County Council whereby the necessary road works can be facilitated.”

They were assurances Cllr Carrigy was only too keen to endorse.

“We have waited a long time for this section to be prioritised and for a definitive date to be given,” he said.

The Fine Gael group leader said despite the lengthy hold up, the announcement meant local authority chiefs could now make their own road resurfacing arrangements.

“I would have preferred if it (the project) was speedier and finished this year, but at least Longford County Council can allocate funding to repair the road when the pipework is replaced.”