Replacing 400 metres of problematic water mains in the Froe area

Works get underway in the Froe area, north of Rosscarbery, on April 23rd to improve the reliability of the water supply. Irish Water, working in partnership with Cork County Council, is replacing 400 metres of problematic water mains to tackle the high levels of water leakage in the Froe area. The works will take place North of Rosscarbery Town on Céim Hill.

Old, damaged pipes will be replaced with modern, plastic pipes

The old, damaged pipes will be replaced with modern, polyethylene (plastic) pipes. 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.

Part of national Leakage Reduction Programme

These works are part of our national Leakage Reduction Programme. The works will be carried out by Coffey Northumbrian Ltd. in partnership with Cork County Council on our behalf, and are expected to be completed by the end of June 2019.

This work is being carried out as part of our Leakage Reduction Programme, which will see €500m invested nationally to tackle problematic pipes and leakage in Ireland’s ageing water network.

Works in the Bohonagh area are expected to be completed this week

We are carrying out a significant amount of improvements to the water supply network in the Rosscarbery and Clonakilty areas. Works to replace 5 kilometres of problematic water mains in the Bohonagh area, which commenced in January 2019, are expected to be completed this week.

More works in the region

Last year, approximately two kilometres of water mains were installed near Owenahincha Beach in Ahaglaslin. 700 metres of water mains renewals and service connection were completed in Knocknageehy.

Works to replace 475 metres of problematic water mains in Shannonvale and 2 kilometres in Carrigfada got underway in November and are undergoing final reinstatement. Similarly, works to replace 1600 metres of water mains in Maulyregan are now undergoing final reinstatement after successful replacement. Renewal works on 2.5 kilometres of water mains and service connections in Carrigroe are nearing completion with similar works in Newmills at an advanced stage. Leakage Reduction Works in Foxhall and Lackenduff are due to get underway this summer.

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 Clonakilty 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.”

Works may involve short-term water shut offs

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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