Ballinasloe town will be getting a more secure water supply with the replacement of a large amount of aging leaky water mains before long.
Work is due to start in the coming days on replacing 1.6km of old pipes prone to leaks and bursts, bringing frequent water outages.
The works will also involve laying new water service connections from the public water main in the road to people’s properties, and connecting them to their supply.
To minimise the impact on customers, areas of work will be limited to short sections along the R446 from Mackney Roundabout to Banertons Garage.
To facilitate the safe delivery of these works traffic management will be in place for the duration of the works. Local and emergency access will be maintained.
Gerry O’Donnell of Irish Water said “The size and scale of the leakage challenge nationally is well documented.”
“Replacing these old and damaged pipes in Ballinasloe, which had a history of bursting, will not only reduce the amount of drinking water lost by leakage it will also improve water quality for the local community.”
There may be some short-term water outages while these works are taking place.
Irish Water has said that people to be affected will be given 48 hours notice beforehand if this is to occur.
“We understand that road works can be inconvenient, but our crews will make every effort to minimise disruption to the local community as we continue to improve the water supply,” Gerry O’Donnell said.
The works will be carried out on behalf of Irish Water by Farrans Construction and are expected to be completed in May.