Good news in the pipeline as Killavullen set to benefit

27 June 2023

Uisce Éireann commences major project to upgrade water quality and supply for Kilavullen

Uisce Éireann, in partnership with Cork County Council, has commenced a major project to upgrade the water supply for homes and businesses in Kilavullen. When completed, the project will provide a safer, more secure water supply, and improve water quality, reducing the risk of Boil Water Notices (BWNs) and eliminating high levels of leakage on the network that have been impacting the local community.

This project has been prioritised by Uisce Éireann and involves the construction of over 10km of new water mains and ancillary works linking Kilavullen to Mallow Public Water Supply Scheme, replacing and decommissioning the local water supply which has been subject to ongoing Boil Water Notices. The works will take place along the L1223 in from Dunne’s Garage in Killavullen to Mallow Golf Club. The project is being carried out on behalf of Uisce Éireann by Ward and Burke Construction Ltd, and is expected to be completed in February 2024.

Senior Portfolio Delivery Manager for Uisce Éireann’s National Leakage Reduction Programme, Paul Gray is delighted that the works have commenced, adding: “This is a long-awaited day for the people Killavullen I am sure. We are delighted to be prioritising this essential project which will improve water quality and put an end to the Boil Water Notices that were necessary in the past. Decommissioning the local water supply and connecting it to Mallow Public Water Supply Scheme will ensure a safer, more reliable drinking water supply now and into the future."  

The project is expected to be completed in February next year and until then, we will continue to closely monitor the local water supply to protect the health of our customers. Public health is Uisce Éireann’s number one priority and additional Boil Water Notices may be necessary until the project is completed, however, we will continue to keep the local community informed as the works progress.

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. Where the existing service connections on the public side are lead, these will be replaced as part of this improvement work.

To reduce the impact on customers, areas of work will be limited to short sections. Traffic management including a stop/go system and a road closure will be necessary along the L1223, from Dunne’s Garage in Killavullen Road to Mallow Golf Club for the duration of the project to deliver the works safely and efficiently. Diversions will be in place and communicated locally. Local and emergency access will be maintained at all times.

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 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 or set your location on our website.

Uisce Éireann is responsible for delivering public drinking water and wastewater services for the people of Ireland. We are committed to enabling communities to thrive by continuously upgrading and developing critical infrastructure to support sustainable growth and development, providing safe drinking water, and enhancing the environment.