By Dan Walsh
Irish Water is set to improve the water supply on the Duncannon Line at Balliniry by tackling bursts as part of its programme to drive down leakage and provide a more reliable water supply for the local community.
The works will take place along the R733 between the junction at Curraghmore and the junction with the R734 at Balliniry.
The project, which will commence this week involves the replacement of approximately 1600 metres of problematic water mains with new modern pipes. These works are being carried out as part of Irish Water’s National Leakage Reduction Programme and will be carried out by Wexford County Council. The works are estimated to be completed in February 2023.
Outlining the benefits the water mains replacement project will bring, Joe Carroll from Irish Water, explained:
“Replacing these old and damaged pipes will reduce the amount of treated drinking water lost to leakage and greatly reduce the number of bursts on this section of main. This project will also deliver significant benefits to the local community and provide a more secure water supply.
“The works will also involve laying new water service connections from the public water main in the road to customers’ property boundaries and connecting it to the customers’ water supply. Where the existing service connections on the public side are lead these will be replaced as part of this improvement work,” concluded Mr. Carroll.
To facilitate safe delivery of the works and efficiently replace this section of water main there is a need to operate under a local road closure. The road closure period granted by Wexford County Council to complete these works extends from 8am to 5pm from Monday October 17th until Friday, February 3rd 2023. During a planned road closure, local and emergency access will always be maintained. Diversion routes will be in place and clearly signposted. It is planned to remove the closure during the Christmas period.
Irish Water’s customer care helpline is open 24/7 on 1800 278 278 and customers can also contact on Twitter @IWCare with any queries. For updates, please visit the Water Supply Updates section of the Irish Water website or set your location on website www.water.ie