Irish Water is to invest €13.8m replacing and upgrading 46km of water mains in Donegal.
The works will be undertaken as part of the Donegal Countywide Water Main Rehabilitation Project.
The project also includes the elimination of 120 shared backyard services in Ballyshannon Town.
Fifteen priority sections of water main spread over seven water supply schemes will benefit from this extensive project including Ballyshannon town; Ballybofey; Ballybofey South Backline; Argery Outlet and Argery to Rossgier; Three Trees, Quigley’s Point; Cabry, Redcastle; Carlin, Kerrykeel; Donaghmore, Fanad; Sheskinbeg; Derrybeg to Ranafast; Corker; Abbeylands; Bundoran West End; and Finner Dunmuckrum.
The project will be carried out in two phases. Phase one works is an advance works contract and will see work commence in Ballybofey. It includes the replacement of three kilometres of water main to facilitate road resurfacing to take place on the southern entry into the town in 2017. Site investigation works for this section are scheduled to commence in July of this year and last for approximately four weeks. The Phase 1 water main rehabilitation contract is scheduled to commence in early 2017 with a completion date at the end of quarter two 2017.
Phase two of the project will see the rehabilitation of 43 kilometres of water main with site investigation works due to commence in quarter three, 2016. The water main rehabilitation works themselves will be commence in Q3/4 2017 with a completion date set for the start of 2019.
Declan Cawley, Asset Programme Regional Lead, Irish Water commented: “Residents and businesses in the area will be notified in advance of the works commencing. A detailed programme of works will also be available highlighting when works will take place in each location as the project progresses.” Mr Cawley has assured those affected that local access will be maintained at all times throughout the duration of the works.
In the coming weeks, a survey of each property supplied by backyard services in Erne Street and St Benildus Avenue, Ballyshannon will be conducted. Irish Water staff and contractors will always present their identification and will only enter your home after arranging an appointment with the owner/occupier. The purpose of these surveys will be to discuss the proposed service replacement works in detail and address any concerns residents may have regarding the proposed works. The benefits in replacing shared backyard services include improved water pressure, improved water quality, reduced leakage, improved maintenance and operation, and connection ownership by the individual owners of each property. Residents of each affected area will be notified before works commence.”