27 October 2015 Go back to News
€15.8 million upgrade to Cork City water mains announced
Having successfully completed an advance contract for this project in 2014, works on the Cork Water Mains Rehabilitation project will begin in early November. The Cork City Water Mains Rehabilitation project will improve reliability of supply and reduce leakage in the city by approximately 18 million litres per week. This will save water equivalent to the capacity of 7 Olympic sized swimming pools.
“The works will replace old water mains that are in poor condition, resulting in fewer burst mains, leaks, disruptions to drinking water supply and an overall improvement in the water quality and level of service to our customers – which is a priority for Irish Water,” said Mark O’Duffy, Irish Water.
The first phase of the Cork City Water Mains Rehabilitation project will replace old leaking pipes with new heavy duty polyethylene (heavy duty plastic) and ductile iron pipes in an area stretching from Commons Road, Blackpool to Pope’s Quay, North Mall and Blarney Street. This first phase of works are programmed to be completed by February 2017.
“These vital works to increase water supply and reduce leakage in Cork City will be carried out in short sections to minimise impact on residents, businesses and road users. The works will involve some short-term water shut offs for a number of hours over a day or two in each area when the pipes are being connected to the system. We will ensure that householders and businesses are informed of any works in their area before works commence,” added Mark O’Duffy, Irish Water.
The Cork City Water Mains Rehabilitation project will also replace water service connections to properties that are currently supplied by communal or shared services that are located either in backyards or on private property.
The project team will notify the local community in advance of planned works in their areas and provide contact details should they have any queries. The project team will work closely with businesses to minimise any potential disruption and with An Garda Síochána to manage traffic while the works are underway.