Work on replacement of water mains in Ballinalee and Springtown to cease over Christmas
Work on the replacement of 2.5 kilometres of aged cast iron water mains in Ballinalee and the replacement of 3.6 km of problematic water mains in Springtown, Granard will cease over the Christmas period and recommence in January in order to avoid any traffic disruptions during the busy festive season.
A spokesperson for Irish Water explained that 'the works will be completed in Ballinalee in February and in Springtown in April of next year'.
Irish Water, working in partnership with Longford County Council, is replacing aging water mains prone to frequent bursts in Springtown and Ballinalee as part of the utility’s €500 million National Leakage Reduction Programme.
The works in Ballinalee village involve the replacement of approximately 2.5 kilometres of aged cast iron water mains with high density polyethylene (plastic) pipes.
The works in Springtown, along the R194, involve the replacement of approximately 3.6 km of problematic water mains with high density polyethylene (plastic) pipe material.
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The works, in both cases, will also involve laying new water service connections from the public water main in the road to customers’ property boundaries and connecting it to the customers’ water supply. Where the existing service connections on the public side are lead these will be replaced as part of this improvement work.
The Irish Water spokesperson said, "Once complete, the benefits of the project for both communities will include a more reliable water supply for all customers. This means reduced leakage on the network which will improve water pressure to homes and businesses. Water quality will be improved as the old water mains will be replaced with plastic pipes which will reduce the risk of contamination. Operational and maintenance costs will also be reduced as the network operation will require less maintenance.
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Derek Deignan, Regional Lead on the Leakage Reduction Programme said, "The replacement of these aging water mains in Ballinalee and Springtown will improve security of supply for local residents and businesses alike. Replacing the existing water mains with new modern pipes will provide a long-term solution to ensure a safe and secure water supply is delivered to customers. Irish Water understands this type of work can be inconvenient and will ensure our work crews make every effort to minimise any disruption these works may cause."
Residents and businesses in the areas of the works have been notified and customers can call the Irish Water customer helpline on 1850 278 278 for any questions in relation to the works.
To find out more about Irish Water’s national programme of works to reduce leakage and improve Ireland’s water supply visit their Leakage Reduction Programme Page