WORK is set to begin in Shannon in the coming days on the replacement of almost 2km of old water mains, carrying drinking water into the town.
The new pipework will reduce the number of bursts and unplanned outages which inconvenience residents in Shannon.
The works, which take place along the R471 between the Bealach Brí junction and the Smithstown Road roundabout at Ballycasey will improve the reliability of supply to Shannon Town, according to Irish Water’s Regional Delivery Lead Gerard O’Donnell.
Traffic management will be in place, but Irish Water says that local and emergency traffic will be maintained at all times.
Areas of work will be limited to short sections and the majority of works taking place in the road verge or hard shoulders.
Short term supply interruptions may be required to deliver the works, but the project team has said it will ensure that residents are given a minimum of 48 hours’ notice prior to any planned outages.
“Working with Clare County Council, we have prioritised mains replacement in the areas that need it most. This project to replace the trunk main in Shannon will safeguard the area’s water supply for the future,” said Mr O’Donnell.
Shareridge Limited, which is carrying out the works on behalf of Irish Water, expects to have the project delivered in early November.
“Irish Water is conscious that the area is a busy one in Shannon town and the project team will work to minimise disruption to motorists,” said Mr O’Donnell.
Residents with questions about the project can call Irish Water on 1800 278 278 or contact Irish Water on Twitter @IWCare. For further updates see the Irish Water website