Irish Water makes progress while sun shines in Leitrim

Irish Water makes progress while sun shines in Leitrim

31 May 2022: Summer works from Kiltyhugh to Derriniver will benefit generations of Leitrim people. 

In early June, Irish Water will get to work replacing 4.2km of old water mains in the Corraleehan area. The new pipes will significantly reduce the number of bursts in the area and, by September, locals will be enjoying a more reliable supply. 

The works, which are due to commence in the coming days along the L5346, R202 and L1345-2, will also lessen the amount of clean drinking water lost into the ground and improve water pressure for homes in the area.   

Declan Cawley, Leakage Reduction Programme Regional Lead with Irish Water, is looking forward to ensuring customers in Leitrim experience fewer disruptions to their water supply once works are complete.

“Working in partnership with Leitrim County Council, we have prioritised leakage reduction works to those areas which need it most. This project will significantly reduce the number of bursts and outages from Kiltyhugh to Derriniver. The works will safeguard the supply in the region now and into the future.”  

In order to minimise impact on customers work will be limited to short sections. However, a road closure is necessary along the L5346 and L1345-2 to safely deliver these necessary works. 

Meanwhile, traffic will be reduced to one lane on the R202 with traffic lights in place for the duration of the works in the area. Local and emergency traffic will be facilitated at all times. 

The works may also require some short-term water interruptions, but the project team will ensure that customers are given a minimum of 48 hours’ notice prior to any planned water interruptions.  

“We are aware that works of this nature can cause some disruption. We would like to assure the public that, together with Leitrim County Council and our contractor Farrans Construction, we are working to minimise any inconvenience over the course of the works.”

Customers can contact Irish Water on 1800 278 278 if they have any queries relating to the project. 

These works in the Corraleehan area are being carried out under the national Leakage Reduction Programme. Since 2018, Irish Water has invested more than €500million to upgrade the underground water network across the country by fixing leaks and replacing pipes and we are investing a further €250million each year up to the end of 2030. 

For more information on the Leakage Reduction Programme please visit www.water.ie/reducingleaks 

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