Sunday, January 03, 2021

Life is set to flow more smoothly for water consumers in Ballina and Killala following completion of water main improvements in both towns by Irish Water.

The utilities company has been working in partnership with Mayo Co Council in recent weeks to decommission problematic old water mains and replace them with high density polyethylene (plastic) pipes.

Approximately 660 metres of water mains in Ballina and 335 metres of Killala mains were replaced between October and this month by contractor, Farran’s Construction Ltd as part of Irish Water’s National Leakage Reduction Programme.

The Ballina works were focused on the Plunkett and Church Roads while in Killala new mains have been laid along Market and Barrack Streets.

The works also involved laying new water service connections from the public water main in the road to customers’ property boundaries and connecting it to the customer’s water supply.

As part of these improvement works existing lead service connections on the public side were replaced.

Speaking about the project, Irish Water’s national Leakage Reduction Programme Regional Lead, Dave Murphy said: “Replacing these old, damaged pipes will reduce the instances of bursts and water outages and the new water mains and service connections will safeguard the water supply for homes and businesses in the area. These improvements to the water network are essential in providing a safe, secure and reliable water supply, now and into the future.”

Irish Water and Mayo County Council would like to thank residents and businesses affected by the works for their patience during the mains replacement works.

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