Pipe replacement works to begin in Belturbet

It's part of a major scheme of works taking place across the country.

Irish Water says next year promises to bring a more reliable water supply to homes in Belturbet with work to upgrade water mains due to get underway shortly.

Around 300 metres of old cast iron water mains and backyard services, which are prone to leakage, will be replaced with modern pipework.

The works will take place along St Mary’s Terrace and on Martin's Row in Belturbet.

Irish Water, in partnership with Cavan County Council, will begin work on St Mary’s Terrace in the coming days and once they are completed, works will commence on Martin’s Row.

The project is due to be completed by the end of January 2022.

The new pipes will not only reduce disruptions to customers from bursts and outages, but it will reduce the amount of clean water lost underground. Water quality will improve and savings will be made on operation and maintenance of the network.

Outlining the benefits of the works, Declan Cawley, Networks Regional Lead with Irish Water, said: “These essential works will strengthen and reinforce the water network in Belturbet. There will be an immediate positive impact to supply for customers”.

There may be short term interruptions to the water supply in the areas and traffic management systems will also be in place.

However, the project team says it will ensure that customers are given a minimum of 48 hours’ notice prior to any planned water interruptions and areas of work will be limited to short sections to minimise impact.

By the end of 2021 the delivery of the National Leakage Reduction Programme will see €500m invested in reducing the level of leakage across the country by fixing and replacing old and damaged water mains. Irish Water says this will ensure a safe, reliable water supply, which is vital for our health, our environment and our growing population and economy.