A € 1.5 million Water Services Investment Programme will commence in August in Thurles and will see all of the old water mains in the town replaced with ductile iron pipes.
Most of the streets of Thurles town will be ripped up to allow for the replacement of the mains, but council members have been informed that an up-to-date communication line will be opened between the council, contractors, residents and Gardai to ensure the smooth running of operations.
The project will begin on August 6th and is expected to take until well into the first quarter of 2014. The bulk of the work will be done between 8:00am and 6:00pm but there will be provisions made for works to continue until 11:00pm in some locations which might be regarded as pinch points - Cuchulainn road being one, due to the proximity of so many schools. We also understand that works will be carried over the weekends in pressure areas and any work to be done at the top of Liberty Square will be done at night time.
When completed the Thurles town water supply will come from the Thurles Regional Water Scheme and the four current supply sources will no longer be utilised in their current format. The existing water mains, some of which are in operation since 1905, would not be capable of dealing with the pressure of the Thurles Regional Water Scheme. And, it is our understanding that areas of Thurles which experienced low water pressure will no longer suffer in this manner once the Regional Scheme is up and running.
Town and County Councillors were briefed on the scheme by officials from the water services section of North Tipp County Council this week and Cllr. David Doran told us, “This programme is to be welcomed and from what I heard at the meeting I would be very pleased that there will be communication between all the relevant bodies at the appropriate times. There will be as little disruption as possible and of course there will be traffic management plans in place to deal with all the issues which may arise. I welcome the programme and look forward to getting it off the ground,” Cllr Doran said.
The scheme is 90% department funded and will involve 3.6km of piping being replaced. The contractor is David Walsh.