Wicklow People (Arklow) - - FRONT PAGE - By DEB­O­RAH COLE­MAN

SOME Arklow res­i­dents will face wa­ter dis­rup­tion in the com­ing months as Ir­ish Wa­ter works to re­place 2.7km of old prob­lem­atic pub­lic wa­ter mains on the north side of the town.

The work is to be car­ried out as part of the Na­tional Leak­age Pro­gramme launched by Ir­ish Wa­ter to im­prove wa­ter qual­ity and re­duce high lev­els of leak­age. Work will com­mence next week and will be over­seen by Ir­ish Wa­ter and Wick­low County Coun­cil.

The old wa­ter mains will be re­placed with high den­sity poly­eth­yl­ene (plas­tic) pipe ma­te­rial and it is en­vis­aged that there will be fewer bursts and leaks once the pipes have been re­placed.

The com­mu­ni­ties that will be af­fected by these works in­clude Sea Road, Beres­ford Ter­race, Wick­low Ter­race, Wors­bor­ough Ter­race, Seav­iew Av­enue and Clogg Lane.

‘The sec­tion of works will take place along the Sea Road (R750), from the junc­tion with Fer­ry­bank to the Clu­ain Árd junc­tion,’ said Ir­ish Wa­ter’s Wa­ter Net­work Re­gional Lead, Joe Car­roll.

‘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 be re­placed as part of this im­prove­ment work,’ said Mr Car­roll.

He said that 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 will be in place dur­ing this time. Lo­cal and emergency traf­fic will be main­tained at all times.

‘We un­der­stand that this type of work can be in­con­ve­nient and works crews will make ev­ery effort to min­imise any dis­rup­tion these nec­es­sary works cause,’ he said.

The news was wel­comed by Wick­low County Coun­cil­lor Pat Fitzger­ald who said the works will be car­ried out over six months.

‘It is my un­der­stand­ing that sim­i­lar works in other ar­eas of the town will be car­ried out in fu­ture pro­grammes.

‘The ben­e­fits of the works will far out­weigh the dis­rup­tions that may oc­cur over the du­ra­tion of the scheme,’ said Cllr Fitzger­ald.

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