Water pipe work to start in Oldtown area of Letterkenny

The residents of Ros Suilighe in Letterkenny will begin to see Irish Water crews busy working to improve their water supply by replacing more than 900 metres of old backyard services and ageing water mains.

In some older estates, water connections typically made of iron or lead, were installed to the rear of the property, and are often referred to as backyard service connections.

The pipework due to age and deteriorating condition are a significant source of leakage and reduced levels of service.


Backyard services are usually shared, running through several 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.

Irish Water’s National Leakage Reduction Programme Regional Lead Declan Cawley said: “The immediate impact of this work will see an improvement to water supply in the area with reduced leakage rates and unplanned interruptions when bursts occur.

“Upon completion, there will be significant improvements in the network performance and levels of customer service in this area in terms of efficiency and security of supply.”


To complete the works, a survey is required at each property within this community.

The individual survey is undertaken to assess the current water connection arrangement for that property and discuss the best way to connect the new service to the customer’s home.

Farran’s Construction will deliver the project on behalf of Irish Water.


Customers to benefit from these improvement works will be contacted directly by Farran’s Construction to provide information about the required works and to discuss a suitable time to carry out an individual survey.

Irish Water’s customer care helpline is open 24/7 on 1800 278 278 and customers can also contact on Twitter @IWCare with any queries.

For updates, please visit the Water Supply Updates section of the Irish Water website or set your location on our website

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