Essential maintenance works in parts of Cork city

10 February 2023

Uisce Éireann and Cork City Council wish to advise customers in the Douglas Road, South Douglas Road, and surrounding areas, that scheduled maintenance works will be taking place on the network to address ongoing intermittent discolouration issues. 

There are approximately 600km of watermains in Cork city, 60%-70% of which is made from cast iron and is up to 100 years old. This, combined with improvement works across the city, unplanned outages or bursts, and new infrastructure being brought online, is causing intermittent discolouration for a small number of customers. 

From Monday 13 to Friday 27 February, Uisce Éireann and Cork City Council will commence flushing works which involves isolating small sections of the network and clearing the watermains of any sediment from these old cast iron pipes to reduce discolouration of the water supply. 

Work will initially commence from Westview on the South Douglas Road through to Greenhills Estate, including Half Moon Lane, Kilcolman Lawn, Palacemanne Lawn, Heatherton, Dosco Industrial Business Park and Park Avenue. Other areas outside these areas may experience some discolouration. Signage will be erected in advance of areas being flushed. Further updates will be provided as works progress. 

The works being carried out may cause a temporary discolouration of the water supply in the area. In the event of discolouration, running the tap for several minutes will usually restore water to a clear colour. Uisce Éireann continues to advise customers not to drink discoloured water.

Ongoing testing and analysis of the water supply continues in conjunction with extensive monitoring across the city’s distribution network. This ensures the water is compliant with drinking water regulations and is safe to drink. The results of these ongoing tests are shared with the EPA and the HSE. 

For further information, please visit the Supply and Service Updates section of our website. The Uisce Éireann customer care helpline is open 24/7 and customers can call us on 1800 278 278 and contact us on Twitter @IWCare.

Uisce Éireann is responsible for the delivery of all public water and wastewater services in Ireland. We are committed to continuously upgrading and developing critical infrastructure to support the growth needed in housing and across our economy, while protecting the environment and safeguarding water supplies.