Irish Water working in partnership with Roscommon County Council is to begin replacing lead service connections and approximately 420 metres of old and damaged water mains on the Athlone Road, Roscommon from St. Coman’s Cemetery as far as the hospital/Oldwood housing estate junction.
The works, which are due to commence on Monday, February 12th, are part of Irish Water’s National Leakage Reduction Programme which will remove lead pipes from the public water network and reduce the high level of leakage across the country by fixing or replacing ageing water mains over the next four years.
Irish Water says that the benefits to customers are a safer water supply along with significant improvements in network performance and customer service in terms of supply pressure, security and quality of supply, and water pressure.
This particular project will remove lead pipes from the local network and reduce the instances of bursts in the area and thereby significantly reduce the level of disruption to customers.
This project will involve the removal and replacement of 22 lead service connections as well as the decommissioning and replacement of approximately 420 metres of ageing public water mains. A service connection is the water pipe which joins Irish Water’s public main to a customer’s property. The old water mains and service connections will be replaced with modern high density polyethylene (HDPE) plastic pipes.
Irish Water says that the work sections will be limited to short sections to minimise impact on customers. The works may involve some short-term water shut-offs and the project team will ensure that customers are given a minimum of 48 hours prior notice of any planned water shut offs.
Traffic management will be in place for the duration of the works and local and emergency traffic will be maintained at all times.