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15/04/19 - Works to improve water quality in Dunwiley, Stranorlar get underway


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Works to improve water quality, security of supply and reduce leakage get underway in Dunwiley, Stranorlar County Donegal



April 11 2019 - Irish Water, working in partnership with Donegal County Council is replacing over 1.2km of ageing water mains in Dunwiley, Stranorlar to improve security of supply and reduce high levels of leakage.

The works involve the replacement of over 1.2 kilometres of problematic water mains with high density polyethylene (plastic) pipes. The programme to replace the water mains in Dunwiley is due to commence on 15 April 2019. These works are being carried out as part of Irish Water’s National Leakage Reduction Programme. Replacing old water mains and service connections will reduce the instances of bursts and water outages and will ensure a reliable supply of water to customers and local businesses in the area.

The section of works will take place along Dunwiley Road, between the N13 and the Old Letterkenny Road. The works 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 works will be carried out on behalf of Irish Water by Farrans Construction Ltd and are expected to be completed by July 2019.

Declan Cawley, Regional Lead for the Leakage Reduction Programme stated: “Replacing these ageing water mains will not only reduce the high levels of leakage, but it will also improve security of water supply, as well as improving the quality of the water.

“We would like to than

k local residents and businesses for their ongoing cooperation as we work together to deliver these improvements and Donegal County Council for their continuing efforts in delivering this programme of works.”
Areas of work 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’ notice prior to any planned water shut offs.

Traffic management may be in place during this time. There may be local diversions in place for the duration of the works. Local and emergency traffic will be maintained at all times.

“We understand that this type of work can be inconvenient and works crews will make every effort to minimise any disruption these necessary works cause. We will continue to work with the community to minimise disruption,” added Declan.


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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 questions about the project.

This project forms part of Irish Water’s Leakage Reduction Programme, where over 14km of problematic water mains have already been replaced across Donegal, including; Churchill / Trentagh; Cloontagh / Clonmany; Gortahork / Falcarragh; Craigbreagh/ Kildarragh; Windyhall, Letterkenny; High Road, Letterkenny; Moylehill; Murlough, Lifford; and Ballybegley / Newtowncunningham.

Leakage Reduction works are currently ongoing in: Rosses, Annagry; Birdstown (R239 between Burnfoot and Muff); Feddyglass, Lifford and Wesleyan Street in Rathmullan.
Further information on Irish Water’s Leakage Reduction Programme is also available on the Irish Water website

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