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Traffic disruption in Offaly as Irish Water begin works next week | Offaly Express

Traffic disruption in Offaly as Irish Water begin works next week | Offaly Express

Irish Water, working in partnership with Offaly County Council, is progressing with water main improvement works along the L10104 in Clonin, to improve the security of supply and reduce high levels of leakage in the area.

The works involve the decommissioning of over 650 meters of old and problematic water mains which are prone to frequent bursts, and replacing them with over 700 metres of new high density, polyethylene (plastic) pipes. 

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 customer’s water supply. Where the existing service connections on the public side are lead, these will be replaced as part of the improvement works.

To facilitate the safe delivery of these works, some traffic management will be in place, however, local and emergency access will be maintained at all times.

The works may involve some short-term supply disruptions which we understand may cause inconvenience. The project team will ensure that customers are given a minimum of 48 hours’ notice prior to any planned water shut-off’s.

Irish Water and Offaly County Council regret any inconvenience these improvement works may cause. The works, which are scheduled to begin on Monday, 28 September, are being carried out on behalf of Irish Water by Ward and Burke Ltd. and are expected to be completed by November 2020.

Speaking about the project Joe Carroll, Regional Lead with Irish Water, said “These upgrades are part of a significant investment by Irish Water to upgrade the water network in Offaly. To date, as part of the Leakage Reduction Programme, we have delivered almost 25km of new water mains and improved the water supply for more than 28,000 customers in County Offaly since 2018. Replacing old, damaged pipes will reduce the instances of bursts and water outages and safeguard the water supply for homes and businesses now and into the future.”

"Our customer care helpline is open 24/7 on 1850 278 278 and customers can also contact us on Twitter @IWCare with any queries. For updates please visit the Water Supply Updates section of the Irish Water website.

"This project is one example of how Irish Water is working in partnership with Offaly County Council to reduce leaks every day. Fixing leaks can be complicated with over 63,000km of water pipe in Ireland. Our national Leakage Reduction Programme will see €500 million invested up to the end of 2021 to reduce the level of leakage across the country by fixing and replacing old and damaged water mains. This will ensure a safe, reliable water supply which is vital for our health, our environment and our growing population and economy. For more information, please visit www.water.ie/reducingleaks .  

"Irish Water is working at this time, with our Local Authority partners, contractors and others to safeguard the health and well-being of both staff and the public and to ensure the continuity of critical drinking water and wastewater services. Irish Water would like to remind people to follow the HSE COVID-19 advice and ensure frequent handwashing."