31 May 2019 Go back to News
Improving the water supply and protecting the local environment in Bandon
Local road closures required during the summer to facilitate essential works
Irish Water is progressing the Bandon Water Main and Sewer Network Project, a major upgrade of Bandon’s water main and wastewater networks which will improve water supply to customers and help protect the local environment. To ensure public safety, road closures will be required in Bandon over coming months to facilitate these essential upgrades.
Irish Water, working in partnership with Cork County Council, is investing €14 million to deliver these improvements. The planned upgrades will safeguard the town’s water supply, as the old water pipes being replaced have a history of frequent bursts and a high rate of leakage. As part of these works, 10 kilometres of old water main will be replaced and the capacity of an existing trunk main will be increased.
Reducing discharges to the Bandon River
Additionally, 5km of sewers will be upgraded as part of this project. The upgrades will increase the capacity of the local sewer network, helping to alleviate sewer flooding and reduce discharges to the Bandon River.
In order to ensure the safe and efficient completion of these works, three separate road closures will be required in Bandon over the summer months. The road closures were granted by Cork County Council in conjunction with An Garda Síochána are as follows:
- Bank Place will close for two weeks from June 4 - 16 June
- North Main Street will close for nine weeks from 17 June - 25 August
- Watergate Street will close for ten weeks from 1 July - 31 August
Major long term benefits for Bandon
Seamus Glynn, Infrastructure Lead with Irish Water, said “We are committed to working in partnership with the local community to deliver these essential upgrades.By carrying out both the water and wastewater upgrades together, we will minimise disruption and complete the works as quickly as possible. This is a very important project that will have major long term benefits for Bandon. Our traffic management plans have been designed to minimise disruption, taking on board feedback we received locally. We would like to thank the people of Bandon for engaging and working with us on this project and assure them that carrying out these works with the minimum of disruption remains our top priority.”
The project team have notified the local community of planned works in their areas. They are working closely with the local community, as well as with Cork County Council and An Garda Síochána, to minimise any potential disruption while the works are underway.
Ward and Burke Construction Ltd. is working on our behalf to deliver this project. A full time Community Liaison Officer is communicating with all stakeholders and can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org to address any queries or concerns in relation to the works.
This scheme is in addition to the upgrade of the wastewater treatment plant in the town. These two projects represent a combined investment of €28 million by Irish Water, which will significantly improve the town’s wastewater treatment capacity, protect the local environment and facilitate development in the area.
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