Work has gotten underway today on the second stage of replacing old water mains in Mervue, which is due to continue until December.
The work will involve decommissioning 1.5 kilometres of old and damaged water mains and replacing a further 1.1 kilometres of pipes in the Mervue area that were prone to frequent bursts and leakage.
The water mains that are being replaced are along Glennina Heights, with new high density polyethylene going in.
Dave Murphy of Irish Water said “To facilitate the safe delivery of the works, there will be some short-term local road closures and traffic management in place during delivery.”
“The community will be notified of this in advance. Alternative routes will be available and diversions will be clearly sign-posted. Local and emergency access will be maintained at all times.”
This second stage of works in Mervue follows on from the replacement of 1.2km of old cast iron pipes along St. James Road from Bayview Heights to Quinn Terrace, which was completed last week.
Farrans Construction carried out those works on behalf of Irish Water and the City Council, and are also performing this project, which is due to continue until December.
“The works may involve some short-term water shut offs and the project team will ensure that customers are given a minimum of 48 hours’ notice prior to any planned water shut offs,” Dave Murphy said.
“We understand that this type of work can be inconvenient and works crews will make every effort to minimise any disruption these necessary works cause.”
“This mains replacement work is part of a significant investment by Irish Water to upgrade the water network across Galway City and County and we would like to thank customers in advance for their cooperation and patience while we complete this essential job.”
The works will also involve laying new water service connections from the public water main in the road to customers’ property boundaries and connecting it to the customer’s water supply.
Where the existing service connections on the public side are lead these will be replaced as part of this improvement work.