Expect more water outages as Irish Water start investigation into leakages in Leitrim

Fiona Heavey

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Fiona Heavey

Expect more water outages as Irish Water start investigation into leakages in Leitrim

Irish Water to carry out extensive water leakage investigation and repair works in Carrick on Shannon

You can expect more water disruptions this Summer as Irish Water have announced they will be carrying out  extensive water leakage investigation and repair works in Carrick on Shannon to improve security of supply for customers and reduce leakage.

These find and fix works on the South Leitrim Regional Water Supply are being carried out as part of Irish Water’s National Leakage Reduction Programme. This four year programme will assist to reduce the high level of leakage across the country by finding and fixing leaks or replacing ageing water mains. The works are being carried out by Farran’s Construction Limited over the coming months.

Explaining further what’s involved, Irish Water’s Leakage Reduction Programme Regional Lead Declan Cawley said, “These works involve surveying of District Metering Areas across the town in conjunction with Irish Water’s Find and Fix Scheme and delivery of the First Fix Free Scheme.

“Works relating to District Metering Area review and the Find and Fix Scheme often have no impact on customers. They may require short term water outages however these are generally undertaken during the night when water usage is low and to ensure the level of customer disruption is kept to a minimum.

“As part of the First Fix Free Scheme where unusual usage or continuous flow alarms are being recorded customers are contacted directly by Irish Water. We are reliant on customers engaging with us to schedule a suitable time to them to have a free investigation completed. Every effort is made to accommodate a suitable time and date to the customer. Currently in cases where the customer does not engage with us the leak will continue and water is lost that potentially could be saved by a free repair if the leak is located between the customer’s premises and property boundary.

“Where water main renewal works are identified from our investigations every effort will be made to keep the level of customer disruption to a minimum.”

Customers can phone Irish Water on Callsave 1850 278 278 if they have any questions about the works.

Irish Water would like to apologise in advance for any inconvenience these essential works may cause. Details of work in the area will be updated regularly on the Water Supply Updates section of the Irish Water website at https://www.water.ie/water- supply/supply-and-service- update/

Further information on Irish Water’s Leakage Reduction Programme is also available on the Irish Water website www.water.ie

This project forms part of Irish Water’s investment plan. Works have been prioritised to address the most critical issues in line with commitments outlined in Irish Water’s Business Plan. Delivery of the business plan will involve a €5.5 billion investment in capital spending on drinking water and wastewater quality and capacity and new infrastructure up to 2021. This plan includes an investment in leakage reduction and water quality initiatives, called the Leakage Reduction Programme, which will see an investment of €512 million during the period to 2021. These works are vital to ensuring a clean, safe and reliable public water supply to support our growing population and economy.

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