Fethard - 18-months water mains upgrade starts

Emily Sayers photographed outside her Delicatessen in Burke Street where business is open as normal despite the road being blocked for the next two months
Fethard businesses and traffic are heading for a long eighteen month disruption as Irish Water commence with the long awaited upgrade to the town’s water supply and sewerage system.

Fethard businesses and traffic are heading for a long eighteen month disruption as Irish Water commence with the long awaited upgrade to the town’s water supply and sewerage system.

Work commenced in Burke Street on Monday morning last and local businesses on the street are feeling the pinch as customers find their alternative ways to their shops. It is estimated that Burke Street will take two months to complete. The lower end, from the Augustinian Abbey to Emily’s Delicatessen, will be shut off for the next month and the other end for the following month. The local business owners would like to stress that business is open as usual and they, like Irish Water, apologise for any inconvenience caused.

There is no easy way to complete the work but the benefits to Fethard will be well worth the eighteen-month wait. The project will improve water pressure and reduce leakage levels which have been high due to the poor condition cast iron water main and lead services. It will also reduce the loading on the wastewater treatment plant and prevent overflows into the Clashawley river.

For further enquiries you can contact the project supervision team directly on telephone: 087 7698546.