An Irish Water funding tranche will see €3.4 million invested in public water infrastructure in Louth.
That money will see some 18 watermains replaced around Dundalk.
The investment includes the replacement and rehabilitation of 9.4 km of aging water mains in Dundalk Town and the surrounding environs.
The contract for the works was signed on Friday, 6 May 2016 with GMC Utilities Group Limited listed as the contractors. The works are scheduled to commence in June and will take approximately 18 months to complete.
Irish Water, working in partnership with Louth County Council say this investment will improve the water supply for customers, by reducing leakage by approximately 215m3 of water per day.
“This project will involve the replacement of old water mains that are prone to leakage and regular bursts which can cause interruptions to supply. Every effort will be made to minimise impact on residents, businesses and road users.
“However, short-term water shut offs for a number of hours over a day or two in each area will be required where pipes are being connected to the system. The project team will ensure that householders and businesses are advised of any works in their area in advance and will be given a minimum of 48 hours prior notice of any planned water shut offs.”
Commenting on the improvements TD Declan Breathnach said he welcomed the move and hoped that inconvenience will be kept to a minimum.
“The investment of 3.4 million will become self financing if the proposed water saving from leaks is of the magnitude suggested . The investment should see a saving of 17 million gallons of water annually.
“The cost of treating and supplying water is hugely expensive and losing such large quantities of water through old pipe network has been allowed to happen for too long . The installation of bulk water meters has clearly helped in the identification og the major black spots for leaks throughout the town .”
“I hope that the residents and communities affected will be consulted prior to any works and that inconvenience will be kept to a minimum .”