SWORDS residents look set to brace for water disruptions as the long-awaited Swords Water Main Replacement Project ramps up, with the short-term pain offering long-term gains for the bustling town.
With the major project already under way, work has been completed on the Forest Road and at Balheary, with more works to take place over the Easter school break.
Councillor Darragh Butler (FF) told Dublin Gazette of the problems in store for Swords motorists and retailers, as the water pipe replacement programme inches its way through the town.
He said: “There were major traffic delays and problems particularly for Ridgewood residents, but once we got traffic signals changed, these problems where eased somewhat.
“Like most Forest Road residents, we accept that this project has to take place – we are glad it is finally taking place, as we’ve had enough of the bursts and disruption that have taken place down through the years.
“At the same time, we look forward to the day when it is all fully completed. However, there will be disruption ahead for all Swords residents as this project makes its way down Main Street towards Balheary.
“This €9 million investment will provide a long-term upgrade of the ageing water networks in Swords, which has a long history of bursting and causing significant disruption to customers.
“It is estimated that this project will reduce leakage by 44 million litres of water per month and will provide a reliable water supply to householders and businesses.
“This involves replacing the existing leaking concrete pipe with a modern plastic pipe, from the junction with Cooks Road and Forest Road and terminating near the Swords M1 motorway junction at Lissenhall across a length of 5.2km, including the replacement and installation of new valves and branch connections.
“Whilst this will lead to traffic disruption and major inconvenience, we have had many, many bursts and emergency road closures down through the years, so it is great that this problem will be resolved once and for all.”
He added: “I have met with Irish Water and the contractors and I am confident that they are doing everything that they can to minimise disruption.”
A spokesperson for Irish Water told Dublin Gazette: “The project commenced in January and is expected to take 23 months to complete.
“The 30” concrete water main was laid in 1970 and will be replaced between Cooks Road and Forest Road south of Swords, along Forest Road to the junction with the Dublin Road/Main Street, then along Main Street and North Street and onwards to Lissenhall, ending near the Swords north M1 motorway junction.”