Fine Gael Senator Maura Hopkins has stated that it is extremely positive that Irish Water confirmed today is to carry out a €325,000 rehabilitation project on water mains in Ballaghaderreen.
Speaking in Ballaghaderreen, Senator Hopkins stated, “The provision of funding for these works is very positive for Ballaghaderreen and the wider community. These works come following strong representations from myself and local residents to Irish Water.
“I was informed by Irish Water that there had been 14 recorded water bursts on the 12″ trunk main between Ballaghaderreen and Tibohine in the last two years over a length of 5.5km. The worst 800m length of this water main (close to Ballaghaderreen Town from Towey’s Filling Station out to the Speed Limit Sign) has been approved for replacement. This has caused severe disruption for residents and businesses.
“The project will involve the replacement of 800m of asbestos cement piping through the town centre for the benefit of 1,000 customers. It will be carried out in two phases, phase one will involve investigation and design. Phase two will involve the installation of a new section of polyethylene pipe and the transfer of connections to this supply.
Senator Hopkins concluded, “These works will provide a long term solution to the issues that residents and business community in Ballaghaderreen have experienced in recent years. It is planned that the project will commence in September 2017 and it is expected to be completed by January 2018. I will be continuing to liaise with Irish Water to ensure that disruption will be minimised while works are ongoing.”