Replacing 1.6 kilometres of ageing water mains prone to frequent bursts

Irish Water, working in partnership with Cork County Council, has commenced works to replace 1.6 kilometres of ageing water mains prone to frequent bursts in Maulyregan. These works, which are part of our national Leakage Reduction Programme, commenced on March 11th and are expected to be completed within nine weeks.

The works are being carried out by Coffey Northumbrian Ltd. in partnership with Cork County Council on our behalf.

Old pipes to be replaced with modern, high density polyethylene

New water mains will be constructed along the public road from Reenascreena School, through Maulyregan crossroad and continuing on the L4001 road. The old, damaged pipes will be replaced with modern, high density polyethylene (plastic) pipes. 

The works 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 these improvement works.

Further works will commence shortly in the area

Our Leakage Reduction Programme will continue in the area with 400 metres of mains renewal in Froe and over 750 meters to be replaced in Foxhall/Cahermore. These works are expected to commence in April and May respectively. 

In the nearby areas of Ahaglashin, Knocknageehy, Shannonvale and Carrigfadda, we have also recently completed over 5 kilometres of water mains renewals to improve water supply as part of the Leakage Reduction Programme. 

Steven Blennerhassett, Leakage Reduction Programme Regional Lead 

“As they get older, some pipes have a high level of leakage as well as being subject to frequent bursts.”

“Replacing the old, damaged pipes will ensure a more reliable water supply for the area. The new water mains and service connections will reduce the instances of bursts and water outages.These improvements to the water network are essential in providing a safe, secure and reliable water supply, now and into the future.” 

Short-term water shut offs may be necessary 

The works may involve some short-term water shut offs and the project team will ensure that customers are given a minimum of 48 hours notice prior to any planned water shut offs. Where water mains are being constructed traffic management may be in place during this time. Local and emergency traffic will be maintained at all times. 

“We will continue to work with the community to minimise disruption. Customers can phone Irish Water on Callsave 1850 278 278 if they have any further questions about the project,” added Steven Blennerhassett.

More information

For more information, please visit our National Leakage Reduction Programme page.


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