Works to replace 800 metres of the Enniscrone’s water mains will begin shortly and are expected to be completed in December.
Wave of excitement as Irish Water begins work in Enniscrone
The Main Street works, which will run from the bridge on the Bellawaddy River to the town’s fire station, will be carried out by Farrans Construction as part of Irish Water’s national Leakage Reduction Programme.
Irish Water’s Networks Regional Lead Declan Cawley explained that the replacement of the old water mains will bring a plethora of benefits for the popular tourist town.
“Working with Sligo County Council, we continue to prioritise works in the areas that need it most, and these works will improve both water quality and the reliability of the supply as well as reducing leakage levels.”
A stop/go traffic management system will be required but areas of work will be limited to short sections to minimise impact.
Short-term interruptions to the water supply may also be necessary. However, locals can be assured that the project team will provide a minimum of 48 hours’ notice prior to any planned interruption.
“On behalf of Irish Water, I’d like to thank the local community in advance for their patience and cooperation as the project progresses. The long-term benefits will outweigh any short-term inconvenience,” said Declan.
Irish Water is working with local authorities across the country to reduce leakage and provide customers with a more reliable water supply. Fixing leaks can be complicated but we are making progress. In 2018 the rate of leakage nationally was 46%, by the end of 2021 it was 38% and now we are on track to achieve a national leakage rate of 25% by the end of 2030.
Since 2018, Irish Water has invested more than €500 million to upgrade the underground water network across the country through the delivery of the National Leakage Reduction Programme. We are investing a further €250 million every year up to the end of 2030 - fixing leaks and replacing pipes to provide a more reliable water supply. For more information on the Leakage Reduction Programme, please visit www.water.ie/reducingleaks