Final phase of €9 million investment project to commence in Ballyvolane

17 January 2023

Uisce Éireann will commence the final phase of expansion works to upgrade and improve the water and wastewater infrastructure in Ballyvolane in the coming weeks.

Uisce Éireann has invested approximately €9 million in this project that, on completion, will provide additional capacity to support growth and development through the provision of new water and wastewater services supporting for growth and development. Uisce Éireann, working in partnership with Geda Construction and Cork City Council, commenced works in January 2022 and the project is progressing well. The project involves the construction of new water mains, new wastewater network, a new wastewater pumping station, and upgrades to the existing aged water mains, which will ensure the required capacity of the water and wastewater infrastructure to support future development.

Commenting on the project, Lisa Cogan of Uisce Éireann said: “I want to firstly thank the people of Ballyvolane who have worked with us over the past 12 months while we deliver this vital project. The Ballyvolane Water and Wastewater Project is another example of Uisce Éireann’s commitment to supporting growth and development across the country, and we are delighted to begin the final phase. We anticipate that the works will take approximately six months to complete, and will play a key role in supporting the development of new and existing homes and businesses in the area."

Areas of work will continue to be kept to short sections to limit the impact on the local community. Local and emergency traffic will continue to be maintained. We understand that this type of work can be inconvenient and again our work crews will continue to make every effort to minimise any disruption as much as possible.” Lisa added.

Phase 3 construction involves the upgrade of over 200 meters of existing water main on Ballyhooly Road, which has already been completed, as well as construction of approximately 2.6km of wastewater rising mains from Ballyhooly Road and North Ring Road to the Old Youghal Road junction. Almost 800m have been constructed to date from the pump station site to Ashgrove Villas with the remaining 1.8km due to commence in the coming weeks. 

Works from the Ballyhooly Road/North Ring Road junction to the Old Youghal Road junction will take place nightly from 6.30pm to 6.30am, Monday evenings to Saturday mornings, with temporary road reinstatement undertaken each morning before re-opening of the Northern Ring Road to minimise disruption to daytime traffic. Works on Thursday night/Friday mornings involve permanent reinstatement works of the previously laid section. These works are expected to be completed in early 2023. 

Traffic management will be in place during working hours and will be communicated locally.

Uisce Éireann is responsible for public water and wastewater infrastructure and is committed to providing a safe and reliable water supply, protecting the environment, and supporting growth and development across housing and business. The building, repair, and upgrading of Uisce Éireann’s water treatment plants, wastewater treatment plants, water, and sewer network will require a multi-billion euro investment programme over many years. Uisce Éireann is investing €5.2 billion in the period from 2020-2024 in drinking water and wastewater quality and capacity and new infrastructure.