- Work to be completed by mid-September
- Will improve frequency of leakages/outages
Fianna Fáil TD for Clare Cathal Crowe has welcomed confirmation that Uisce Éireann (formerly Irish Water) will commence work on replacing 300 metres of aged water mains in Clonlara next week.
The project will see the existing old and damaged pipes replaced, with a view to addressing the frequency of leakages and burst mains in the area.
“This is very welcome work and will be of significant relief to a great many residents in Clonlara,” said Deputy Crowe.
“Clonlara village has grown quite over the past two decades – particularly with the development of the Church Fields housing estate and new social housing developments adjacent to Derryvinna – but the water infrastructure hasn’t been upgraded to meet these new developments, and indeed developments that’ll hopefully happen into the future.
“Approximately 10 years ago, there was a major water upgrade from O’Connor’s Cross, Parteen to Decourcy’s Bridge, Clonlara.
“This was to deal with frequent outages experienced by people in Clonlara but the works now planned will hep to further improve supply and deal with any outage problems people in the village have.
“I’ve been communicating recently with Uisce Éireann on the need to further upgrade the water mains in this locality.
“In particular, I am pushing them to replace old asbestos pipes between Larkin’s Cross, Parteen and O’Connor’s Cross, Parteen.
“Residents here have endured more than a dozen water outages in the past 12 months.
“Also, I’ve asked them to upgrade water pipes in the Kildoorus area of Clonlara and the nearby village of Bridgetown.
“Residents here have ongoing issues with water pressure and when there are outages in the locality it can often taken them several days to have their own domestic supplies replenished.
“Whilst fixing water leaks if an important part of Uisce Éireann’s work, it is vital that work to replace old decrepit mains that are no longer fit for purpose proceed with haste.”