THE Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government, Phil Hogan, has approved the allocation of €2.86 milion in funding for improvement works on the mains water supply in parts of Limerick city.
Shareridge Ltd has been identified as the preferred contractor to carry out extensive watermain rehabilitation works under the National Water Conservation Programme.
Limerick City Council intends to carry out work to replace 7.168km of watermain as part of the project. The works will also facilitate the decommissioning of 19.4km of common lead services to over 2,000 properties and 383 individual lead services.
The local authorities priorities for water mains rehabilitation are to enhance the water quality, prevent mains failure, identify service pipe defects, improve pressure and flow, reduce interruptions to supply and address leakage and operational serviceability.
“Limerick City Council’s proposals reflect the importance of water conservation as a key objective under my Department’s Water Services Investment Programme 2010 – 2013 to reduce water loss in the public supply networks,” the Minister said adding: “My approval of the necessary funding today allows Limerick City Council to complete the contract formalities with the successful tenderer so that the works can start as soon as possible.”