Irish Water begins upgrade works on Offaly pipes 'prone to bursting'

The works commenced on May 16

Justin Kelly

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Irish Water begins upgrade works on Offaly pipes 'prone to bursting'

Irish Water begins upgrade works on Offaly pipes 'prone to bursting'

Irish Water, working in partnership with Offaly County Council, has commenced work to replace ageing water mains prone to frequent bursts in Mucklagh and Screggan, outside Tullamore.

The works commenced on May 16 in Screggan and May 28 in Mucklagh. Irish Water has planned the works in short sections in order to limit impact on customers. Traffic management will be in place over the course of the works.

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. Operational and maintenance costs will also be reduced as the network operation will require less maintenance, according to Irish Water.

The work is part of Irish Water’s national Leakage Reduction Programme which, over the next four years, will see €500 million invested to reduce the level of leakage across the country by fixing and replacing ageing water mains. This will ensure a safe, reliable water supply which is vital for our health, our environment and our growing population and economy.

The works in Screggan involve the decommissioning and replacement of problematic water mains along the L2-011 from the junction with the N52, for 5.2 kilometres towards Rahan Village.

The works in Mucklagh involve the decommissioning and replacement of approximately 6.1 kilometres of problematic water mains.

The locations in this area to benefit from these works are:

- Charleville Road from the roundabout with the N52 for 1km towards the town
- Kinnity Road from the Ballard roundabout for approximately 1km towards the Golf Club
- Ballard Lane
- Mucklagh Village from the graveyard to the Screggan Road
- Beechpark Estate
- The Bungalows Estate

In both areas existing pipes will be replaced with new modern high density polyethylene plastic pipes. The works will also involve laying new water service connections from the public water main in the road to the customers’ property boundary and connecting it to the customers’ water supply. 

The benefits of the works in both Screggan and Muckhagh include:

- A reliable water supply
- Reduced Leaks
- Improved operation and maintenance

Irish Water are working to minimise the impact on customers. Working closely with Offaly County Council, they will carry out the necessary closure of a 100 metre section of the L2011 as part of the Screggan works, from June 25 to 29, in order to ensure there is no disruption during the Junior and Leaving Certificate State Exams. 

Likewise in Mucklagh consideration has been made of works in the community around the time of the Tullamore Show on August 12 and main routes will be kept clear of works in the lead up to, during and after this event. 

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. Local and emergency traffic will be maintained at all times. 

Commenting on the works, Georgina O’Reilly, Regional Lead on the Leakage Reduction Programme said, "The replacement of these aging water mains in the Screggan and Mucklagh areas 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. 

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