€10 million is being invested in Galway City’s water supply network. The Government funding is facilitating a partnership project between Irish Water and Galway City Council that will see the replacement and rehabilitation of 19km of water mains across the city.
Starting in June, the works will take 21 months to complete and will involve the replacement of water mains and connections in areas including Bohermore, the Claddagh, Coolagh, Mervue, Newcastle, Prospect Hill, Rahoon, Roscam, Shantalla and Taylor’s Hill.
Irish Water has explained that he project which involve the replacement of 19km of old water mains with new polyethylene and ductile iron water mains and also the replacement of approximately 1,300 lead service connections and 700 service connections to homes.
The benefits of the project include:
- Dramatic reduction in the number of leaks
- Better water pressure
- Improved maintenance due to new location of pipes and connection.
While the works will understandably cause some disruption, such as traffic disruption and temporary reduced water supply, Irish Water will be contacting householders and businesses in the areas to minimise disruption.