IN order to improve the
security of supply and reduce high levels of
leakage, Irish Water will be replacing the ageing
water mains in Birdstown on the R239 between
Burnfoot to Muff. Work is set to commence on the
rehabilitation project the week commencing 28
The works involve the replacement of approximately
830 metres of problematic water mains with new high
density polyethylene (plastic) pipes.
The section of works will take place along the
Burnfoot to Muff Road (R239) and continues north at
the junction with the L7631. 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. Where the existing service
connections on the public side are lead these will
also be replaced as part of this improvement work.
The works will be carried out on behalf of Irish
Water by Farrans Construction Ltd and are expected
to be completed by early March 2019.
Explaining further what’s involved, Irish Water’s
Leakage Reduction Programme regional lead Declan
Cawley said “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
Areas of work 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’ notice prior to any planned water shut offs.
Traffic management may be in place during this time.
There may be local diversions in place for the
duration of the works. Local and emergency traffic
will be maintained at all times.
Residents and businesses in the areas to benefit
from the planned improvements have been notified and
customers can phone Irish Water on callsave 1850 278
278 if they have any questions about the project.
Details of work in the area will be updated
regularly on the Water Supply Updates section of the
Irish Water website at