Half a kilometre of water mains being replaced in Oughterard

Galway Daily news Over 2km of old water mains replaced in east Galway town

Work began this week on replacing just under half a kilometre of problematic water mains in Oughterard.

Irish Water is replacing 450m of aging, leaky watermains in the Lemonfield area of Oughterard with modern polyethylene (plastic) pipes.

The pipes in this area were prone to frequent bursts and leakages, causing problems for the water supply in the area.

The replacement work, which is being carried out by Farran’s Construction Ltd, is expected to be completed in June 2021.

Gerry O’Donnell from Irish Water said: “This mains replacement work is part of a significant investment by Irish Water to upgrade the water network in Galway County.”

“The works will benefit customers by improving water quality, strengthening and reinforcing the water network and minimising disruptions in their water supply by reducing leakage and unplanned outages.”

“We would like to thank customers in advance for their cooperation and patience while we complete this essential job.”

Some traffic management measures will be in place to facilitate the works. Local and emergency access will be maintained.

The works may also necessitate some short-term water shut offs, which should be alerted to homes in the area with a minimum of 48 hours notice.