31 July 2015 No Comments by The Northern Standard

National utility Irish Water have announced details of a €3.6 million investment to replace water mains in Monaghan town and Clones.

They say the expenditure will improve the water supply enjoyed by 8,000 customers.

Working with Monaghan Co Council, the water utility has carried out an assessment of the water mains in both towns to identify the parts of the network most prone to bursts, with the greatest levels of leakage and where water quality issues are most common.

Irish Water say this has allowed them to target pipe replacement on the worst areas so that leakage rates and maintenance costs are reduced and reliability and quality of service to customers is improved.

The project will replace 4.8km of the distribution network that is in poor condition at various locations in Monaghan town. An additional 3.2km of the distribution network at Scotshouse Road in Clones will be included as part of the work.

“These pipes have been prone to frequent bursts causing significant disruption in Clones and additional repair costs each time a burst occurs,” Irish Water pointed out in a press statement this week.

“The water main rehabilitation works planned for Monaghan will benefit customers by strengthening and reinforcing the networks in these areas by replacing old cast iron pipes with new heavy duty polyethylene pipes.”

Site investigation work will begin this autumn with construction work to start at the end of 2016. Sections of water mains in the poorest condition will be replaced first and the project is expected to finish in early 2019. Commuters and the public will be notified in advance of planned work and the project will be progressed in stages, to minimise the impact on commuters, residents, visitors and businesses.

Commenting on the project, Sean Corrigan, Regional Information Officer at Irish Water said, “The replacement of water mains and water services connections is vital in reducing leakage levels in Monaghan and in addressing serious deficiencies in our water supply. Customers in Monaghan and ….

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