Crews to replace 3.75km of watermains in Kilpatrick and Ballycloug

10 August 2022

Irish Water, working in partnership with Cork County Council, is replacing 3.75km of problematic watermains in Kilpatrick and Ballyclough that will improve water quality for both communities.

The project will commence in mid-August and forms part of Irish Water’s National Leakage Reduction Programme. 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.

The works, being carried out by Ward and Burke Limited on behalf of Irish Water, will take place between the cross at Ballyclough and the T-junction approximately 500m west of Knocknagore/Dromineen. Works will take place on the L5310, L5308 and L53081 roads and are expected to be completed by late October.

Outlining the benefits the mains replacement will bring, Paul Moroney from Irish Water, explained: “Replacement of the old watermains and service connections will reduce the instances of bursts, water outages, and will ensure a reliable supply of water to customers and local businesses in the area."

Paul added: “To facilitate the safe delivery of the upgrades, there will be some traffic management in place, however, local and emergency access will be maintained at all times."

Works will be limited to short sections to minimise any impact on customers. During this project there may be some short-term water outages and the project team will ensure that customers are given a minimum of 48 hours’ notice before any planned water outages."

We understand that road works and water outages can be inconvenient, but our crews will make every effort to minimise disruption to local communities as we continue to improve the water supply in Cork and progress the National Leakage Reduction Programme.”

To complete the works in a safe and efficient manner, several road closures are required over the construction timeline. The road closure times, granted by Cork County Council in conjunction with An Garda Síochána, are expected to be in place for 24-hours a day on the below dates:

• L5310 - 8am on Monday, 29 August to 6pm on Friday, 16 September.

• L5308 - 8am on Monday, 12 September to 6pm on Friday, 14 October.

• L53081- 8am on Monday, 10 October to 6pm on Friday, 4 November.

Diversions will be signposted on approach.

Irish Water’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 updates please visit the Supply and Service Updates section of the Irish Water website or set your location on our website.

This project is one example of how Irish Water is working in partnership with Local Authorities to reduce leakage and provide a more reliable water supply. Fixing leaks can be complicated but we are making progress. In 2018 the rate of leakage nationally was 46%, by the end of 2021 it was 38%. We are on track to achieve a national leakage rate of 25% by the end of 2030. For more information on reducing leaks visit our National Leakage Reduction Programme page.