Irish Water to carry out improvement works at Marian Park, Belturbet

I welcome these improvement works to be undertaken by Irish Water for customers in Marian Park, Belturbet.

Irish Water, in partnership with Cavan County Council is progressing with works to replace ageing back yard water mains and providing new service connections for customers in Marian Park, Belturbet, Co. Cavan to improve security of supply, water quality and reduce high levels of leakage. 

In some older properties water connections, typically made of iron or lead, were installed to the rear of the property and are often referred to as back yard service connections. The pipework due to age and deteriorating condition are a significant source of leakage and reduced levels of service. Back yard services are usually shared, running through a number of neighbouring properties making it difficult to detect and repair leaks. Since all properties share a connection, leaks and bursts affect all properties usually resulting in low pressure.

The works will involve the construction of 270 meters of new water mains along the public road and new service connections will be installed from the new water main to each customers property. These works will commence on Monday 1st February 2021.

It is likely that the service connections currently serving these properties from the old back yard services in Cavan are made from lead. All new service connections will be made with modern high-density polyethylene (HDPE) plastic pipes to ensure a safer, more reliable supply of water to customers in the area.

These works will be carried out by Farrans Construction Ltd in partnership with Cavan County Council on behalf of Irish Water and are expected to be completed by March 2021.

Irish Water is continually reviewing the Government COVID-19 directions and would like to reassure customers that we are working with our Local Authority, Contractor and Supply Chain partners to ensure the continuity of drinking water and wastewater services and to safeguard the health and well-being of staff and the public.  These essential works will be carried out in accordance with Level 5 Covid-19 restrictions.

In collaboration with our delivery partners strict operating procedures have been implemented across all sites to provide for social distancing, staggered working arrangements, increased hygiene requirements and the use of additional PPE as appropriate.  These enhanced safety measures are subject to regular auditing and review by Irish Water’s Health and Safety teams and are also subject to independent checks by external bodies including the Health and Safety Authority.

Yours sincerely,

Elected Representative Support Desk