Irish Water is investing €5.5 million to replace 31kms of aging water mains across Longford benefiting communities in Aughnacliffe, Ballagh, Cahanagh, Cloonmee, Drumlish, Drumure, Edgeworthstown, Granard and Newtownforbes
The new water mains will provide a more reliable water supply with fewer interruptions. It will also improve water pressure as leakage on these sections of the water mains will be reduced.
The contract for the project was recently signed and it is estimated that work will start in April 2017 and take approximately 18 months to complete.
The project will be carried out in stages and will be limited to short sections at a time to minimise disruption to residents, businesses and road users.
The works will involve some short-term water shut offs for a number of hours over a day or two in each area when the pipes are being connected to the new water mains.
The project team will ensure that householders and businesses are advised of any works in their area and will be given a minimum of 48 hours prior notice of any planned water shut offs.
Traffic management measures will be in place for the duration of the works which may cause some disruption but local access will be maintained at all times.
Commenting on the project Padraig Hanly, Programme Regional Lead said, “The replacement of aging water mains in Longford will ensure residents and businesses across the county will have a more reliable and secure water supply. Burst water mains are a common problem across the country resulting from decades of under investment in water infrastructure.
"Irish Water is committed to addressing this and the replacement of these aging water mains is part of Irish Water’s ongoing investment in Ireland’s water infrastructure."