New plastic pipes will be used to replace the old cast iron pipes at St Phelim's Place.

Disruption expected as old water pipes replaced

Almost 360 metres of problematic, old cast iron water mains in St. Phelim’s Place are set to be replaced in the coming weeks.

The work in the residential area of Cavan Town near Terry Coyle Park, is being undertaken by Irish Water and Cavan County Council to provide a more safe and secure water supply for customers in the area. The new high density polyethylene (plastic) pipes works aim to reduce the high level of leakage and bursts in the area and improve operational efficiencies.

Declan Cawley, Irish Water, assured the plastic pipes "will strengthen and reinforce" the water network.

"Upon completion, there will be significant improvements in drinking water quality, network performance and levels of customer service in this area in terms of efficiency and security of supply.”

The works are due to commence mid-June along the L-25401 Kilnavara Lane from Wolfe Tone Street junction and Kilnavara Heights junction via St Phelims Place. The works are due to be completed by the end of July. Farran’s Construction Ltd are contracted to carry out the work on behalf of Irish Water.

Shut offs

Declan added: “To facilitate the safe delivery of the works, there will be some traffic management in place, however local and emergency access will be maintained at all times.

“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. 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."

They say it's an example of how Irish Water is working in partnership with Cavan County Council to reduce leaks.

In 2018 the rate of leakage nationally was 46%, by the end of 2019 it was 42%, it had reduced further to 40% at the end of 2020 and they are currently on course to achieving a national leakage rate of 38% by the end of 2021.

Customers can phone Irish Water on 1800 278 278 if they have any questions about the project or check out the Water Supply Updates section of the Irish Water website for regular updates.

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