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Uisce Éireann and Cork City Council continue improvement works in St Patrick’s Hill

18 November 2020

Uisce Éireann and Cork City Council are continuing works to replace old cast iron water mains to improve water supply in the Patrick's Hill area. These water network upgrades will benefit local businesses and the wider community in Cork City by improving water quality and security of water supply and reducing leakage.

In order to expedite the completion of associated connection works at the junction of St. Patricks Hill, Hardwicke Street and Wellington Road, Coffey Northumbrian Limited have been granted permission for night works which are to be undertaken on November 20, 21 and 22 under a road closure.

The work times granted by Cork City Council in conjunction with An Garda Síochána are as follows:

Friday 20 November from 19.00 until Monday 23 November until 06.00

In order to minimise noise disturbance in the local area, Coffey Northumbrian Ltd. will utilise a Jet Vacuum truck to reduce the requirement for excavating and will limit breaking/excavating to normal working hours where possible.

During this time, traffic diversions will be in place, as follows:

  • Westbound traffic will be diverted Via Military Hill, Old Youghal Road and Richmond Hill.
  • Eastbound traffic will be diverted via MacCurtain Street and Summerhill.

Stephen Blennerhassett, Uisce Éireann’s Regional Delivery Lead, said: “We understand this type of work can be inconvenient and will ensure our work crews make every effort to minimise any disruption these works may cause. We would like to thank local residents and businesses for their ongoing cooperation as we work together to deliver these vital water network improvements for Cork. 

These works are one example of how Uisce Éireann is working in partnership with Cork City Council to reduce leaks every day. Fixing leaks can be complicated with over 63,000 km of water pipe in Ireland. Most leaks aren’t visible, resulting in precious water being lost but we are making progress. In 2018 the rate of leakage nationally was 46%, by the end of 2019 it was 42% and we are currently on course to achieving a national leakage rate of 38% by 2021.

Customers can call the Uisce Éireann customer helpline on 1800 278 278 for any questions in relation to the works. For updates, please visit the Supply and Services Updates section of the Uisce Éireann website.