Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government that has approved funding to allow Offaly County Council to accept the tender of €2.06 million submitted by Sharebrige Ltd for water mains rehabilitation in Marian Place and Arden Vale, Tullamore.
The news has been welcomed by Laois/Offaly Fine Gael TD has welcomed the news remarking that these works are one element of a coordinated approach to arrest water leakage in County Offaly which is being carried out in a number of stages and will result in an improvement in the quality and reliability of the water supply to the public, supporting commercial and industrial activity so crucial to economic development.
This is the third tranche of water conservation works being carried out by Offaly County Council. The Council has already commenced water mains rehabilitation works in Birr Town South and Dainegan South at an estimated cost of just over €500,000. The Council are also proposing to undertake another tranche of works in North and South Tullamore at a current estimated cost of just over €2.48m.
Mains rehabilitation work is a key priority under the Department’s Water Services Investment Programme 2010 – 2013 and the Minister pointed out that his approval of the funding for the works in Marian Place and Arden Vale, Tullamore reflects the need to deliver to consumers a drinking water supply that is reliable and fully compliant with drinking water standards, and the priority being given to water conservation and to addressing unsustainable levels of unaccounted for water in the distribution system.
Deputy Corcoran Kennedy said she was delighted with the announcement which will allow Offaly County Council to complete the contract formalities with a view to getting the contractor on site as early as possible.