Friday, October 18, 2019

Ballina businesses and residents will receive an improved drinking water supply, as Irish Water prepares to repair and replace old, leaky pipes.

Irish Water, working alongside Mayo County Council, will begin works to replace problematic water mains in Ballina on Wednesday October 23. The repairs should reduce the high leakage levels, enabling a superior, more secure drinking water supply, Irish Water said.

Around 3.8 km of old and damaged water pipes in Wherrew, Knockanillaun will be replaced with modern plastic pipes.

The works are part of Irish Water’s National Leakage Reduction Programme which is engaged in fixing the country’s high level of leakages by fixing or replacing ageing water mains. The national water utility is investing €512 million between 2017 and 2021 as part of the scheme.

Head of Irish Water’s regional programme, Dave Murphy, said the works will ensure a “better quality and more reliable water supply for customers.”

He added that Irish Water is “committed to safeguarding the water supply for customers in Co Mayo.”

The Ballina project, carried out by Belfast-based Farran’s Construction Limited, is due for completion in late February 2020. Traffic management will be in operation throughout the duration of the repairs, with temporary traffic lights installed along the L1109 Gurteens/ Rathball Road from Wednesday.

Further traffic disruptions will be announced when information is available, while ares of work will be limited to short sections to minimise impact on residents, an Irish Water statement confirmed.

Details of work in the area can be checked at the Water Supply Updates section of the Irish Water website at


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