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22/10/18 - Irish Water replacing ageing water mains in Ballybegley, Newtowncunningham


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Irish Water working in partnership with Donegal County Council is set to commence works on the replacement of 1.5 kilometres of problematic water mains in Ballybegley, Newtowncunningham. The old, damaged pipes will be replaced with modern, high density polyethylene (plastic) pipes. Works are due to commence next week (October 22) and are scheduled to be completed in December. This project will be carried out by Farran’s Construction.



These water main renewal works are being carried out as part of Irish Water’s national Leakage Reduction Programme. The Leakage Reduction Programme will see over €500 million invested over the next four years to reduce leakage and remove problematic pipes from the public water network. These works will help to ensure that we have a clean, safe and reliable water supply now and into the future to support our growing population and economy.



Commencing Declan Cawley, Irish Water, said: “The benefit of these works to customers are significant and will include better water pressure, better water quality and a more secure supply of water. Residents and businesses in the areas to benefit from the planned improvements have been notified and customers can phone Irish Water on Callsave 1850 278 278 if they have any further questions about the project.”



A traffic management plan will be in place where necessary. 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.



Irish Water regrets any inconvenience these necessary water network improvements cause. Details of work in the area will be updated regularly on the Water Supply Updates section of the Irish Water website at



Further information on Irish Water’s Leakage Reduction Programme is also available on the Irish Water website


This project forms part of Irish Water’s investment plan. Works have been prioritised to address the most critical issues in line with commitments outlined in Irish Water’s Business Plan. Delivery of the business plan will involve a €5.5 billion investment in capital spending on drinking water and wastewater quality and capacity and new infrastructure up to 2021. This plan includes an investment in leakage reduction and water quality initiatives, called the Leakage Reduction Programme, which will see an investment of €512 million during the period to 2021. These works are vital to ensuring a clean, safe and reliable public water supply to support our growing population and economy.

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