Aghamilla, next stop on Leakage Reduction Programme journey

13 June 2023

Securing the water supply in Cork remains a top priority for Uisce Éireann with the intensive programme to drive down leakage and improve the water supply to homes and businesses continuing. Uisce Éireann, in partnership with Cork County Council, is delighted to announce that approximately 4.1km of replacement works to aged and damaged water mains prone to bursts are set to commence next week in Aghamilla, Clonakilty, Co. Cork. 

Old and damaged water mains are a huge source of leakage and continue to impact communities right across Ireland. Replacing these ageing pipes is a critical step in conserving water, our most precious resource, and reducing high levels of leakage which has been a significant source of disruption and outages for customers.

Portfolio Manager for Uisce Éireann’s National Leakage Reduction Programme, Paul Moroney is delighted that the works are underway.

This section of water mains was prioritised for investment and replacement by Uisce Éireann due to its age and deteriorating condition. The replacement of these mains will reduce the instances of bursts, eliminate existing leaks and reduce the amount of clean drinking water lost to leakage. When completed, this project will provide local residents with a more secure and reliable water supply for generations to come." 

Paul added, “I would like to thank the local community in advance for their patience and cooperation during the works, we know based on previous experiences that the short-term inconvenience will be outweighed by the long-term benefits.”

The section of works will take place along the R599 and L4001 Bealad, Aghamilla, Clonakilty, Co. Cork. Traffic management in the form of traffic lights and a road closure will be in place along the R599 and L4001 Bealad, Aghamilla, Clonakilty for the duration of the project to deliver the works safely and efficiently. A road closure is required from 19th June until 28th July 2023. Traffic will follow a sign-posted diversion. Local and emergency access will always be maintained.

The works may involve some short-term water interruptions and the project team will ensure that customers are given a minimum of 48 hours’ notice prior to any planned water interruptions.

The works will also involve laying new water service connections from the public water main in the road to customers’ property boundaries and connecting it to the customers’ water supply. If the existing service connections on the public side are lead these will be replaced as part of these improvement works.

The works will be carried out on behalf of Uisce Éireann by Ward and Burke Construction Ltd and are expected to be completed by the end of October 2023.

The National Leakage Reduction Programme helps provide a more reliable water supply to Irish communities by reducing high levels of leakage and improving water quality. Since 2018, its delivery represents an investment of over €500 million to upgrade the underground water network across the country. Uisce Éireann is also investing a further €250 million annually up to the end of 2030 directed at fixing leaks and replacing pipes to provide a more reliable water supply. 

To find out more visit our National Leakage Reduction Programme page.

Uisce Éireann’s customer care helpline is open 24/7 on 1800 278 278 and customers can also contact us on Twitter @IWCare with any queries. For local updates, please visit the Supply and Service Updates section of the Uisce Éireann website.