Traffic disruption is expected on the Tuam Road in Athenry over the coming weeks as work is underway replacing water mains.
Uisce Eireann is replacing roughly half a kilometre of old water mains which were prone to frequent burst and leaks along the Tuam Road.
On top of costing much water, this also led to frequent outages and supply disruptions for customers.
“Working in partnership with Galway County Council, we have prioritised leakage reduction works to those areas which need it most,” said Gerry O’Donnell with Uisce Eireann.
“This project will see the replacement of approximately 460m of old water mains. Replacing these pipes will address water pressure, supply and leakage issues which affect some homes and businesses in the Athenry area.”
He added that, “Part of ensuring that safe and reliable drinking water is produced every day in County Galway, is driving down the amount of clean, treated water lost to leakage.”
“We would like to thank customers for their continued cooperation and patience while we continue to upgrade and improve the water supply across the county.”
The pipe laying works are being carried out by Farrans Construction on behalf of Uisce Eireann, and the project is expected to be completed by the end of May.
Traffic management will be in place to facilitate the works however local and emergency access will be maintained at all times.
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 customers’ water supply.
If the existing service connections on the public side are lead these will be replaced as part of these improvement works.
Uisce Eireann is also carrying out works this summer to upgrade the Inverin water mains network with new replacement pipes.