New water supply upgrade for Ferns Main Street

Irish Water and Wexford County Council are upgrading the water supply in the historic town of Ferns. Pic: WexfordToday.com

Irish Water, working in partnership with Wexford County Council, is replacing ageing water mains in Main Street, Ferns, to provide a more reliable water supply, improve water quality and reduce high levels of leakage. The works will begin on Tuesday and are due for completion by September.

“The replacement of water mains and service connections will reduce the instances of bursts and water outages and will ensure a reliable supply of water to customers and local businesses in the area,” said Cllr Kathleen Codd-Nolan, Cathaoirleach, Enniscorthy Municipal District Council.

The works involve the replacement of over 298 metres of old cast iron water mains with high density polyethylene (plastic) pipes.

These works are being carried out as part of Irish Water’s National Leakage Reduction Programme which will see over €500 million invested in the public water network over the next four years. The works will also involve laying new water service connections from the public water main in the road to customers’ property boundaries and connecting it to the customers’ water supply.

Speaking about the works, Irish Water leakage expert Mark O’Duffy, who is Network Programme Regional Lead said, “The proposed works are extremely important in terms of the safety and security of supply to the homes and businesses of Ferns. The size and scale of the challenge that leakage presents are clear, but we have a plan to tackle the issue and we are working in partnership with the Local Authority and our contractors to save significant amounts of water”

Irish Water regrets any inconvenience these necessary water network improvements may cause. Details of any supply interruptions associated to this project will be updated regularly on the Water Supply Updates section of the Irish Water website.

The works will be carried out on behalf of Irish Water by Coffey Northumbrian Ltd.

Traffic management will be in place during this time. A road closure on Main Street Upper will be in place for the duration of the works with local diversions in place. Local access will be maintained at all times.

Residents and businesses in the area to benefit from the planned improvements have been notified directly and customers can phone Irish Water on Callsave 1850 278 278 if they have any questions about the project.

“The replacement of water mains and service connections will reduce the instances of bursts and water outages and will ensure a reliable supply of water to customers and local businesses in the area,” said Cllr Kathleen Codd-Nolan, Cathaoirleach, Enniscorthy Municipal District Council.

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