Irish Water and Cork County Council replacing ageing water mains in the Cloheen area of Clonakilty

10 December 2020

Irish Water, working in partnership with Cork County Council, is replacing over 570 meters of problematic water mains in the Cloheen area to tackle the high levels of water leakage and improve reliability of water supply to Clonakilty town and surrounding areas.

These works will commence on Monday, 04 January 2021 and are part of Irish Water’s national Leakage Reduction Programme. The works will be carried out by Ward and Burke Ltd. on behalf of Irish Water and are expected to be completed by mid-February.

The section of works will take place from Connors' Cross due west for approximately 570 metres. In order to complete the works safely and efficiently, a road closure will be required from Connors’ Cross to Ballyduvane Cross South. Local road diversions will be in place for the duration of the road closure.

Old, damaged pipes will be replaced with modern ductile iron pipes. As the works involve the replacement of the existing trunk water main with a new section in the same trench, a separate temporary pipeline will be installed for the duration of the works to maintain water supply.

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

Irish Water would like to thank the local community, businesses, homeowners and commuters for their patience and cooperation while we deliver this vital water network improvement project in the Cloheen area.” said Steven Blennerhassett, Leakage Reduction Programme Regional Lead, Irish Water.

Replacing the old, damaged pipes will safeguard water supply in the area. The new trunk main 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.

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.