Lehenaghmore, next stop on the Leakage Reduction Programme tour
18 May 2023
Traffic management and shuttle bus in place to minimise disruption to the local community
Uisce Éireann, in partnership with Cork City Council, is replacing nearly 430m of ageing, damaged water mains prone to bursts in Matthew Hill, Lehenaghmore, Co. Cork. The programme to replace the water mains is due to commence in late May 2023 and will provide a more secure, reliable water supply and reduce high levels of leakage. The works are a critical step in conserving water, our most precious resource, and reducing high levels of leakage which have been a significant source of disruption and outages for customers.
Portfolio Manager for Uisce Éireann’s National Leakage Reduction Programme, Paul Moroney is delighted that the works are set to commence.
“Old and damaged water mains are a huge source of leakage and continue to impact communities right across Ireland. The National Leakage Reduction Programme helps provide a more reliable water supply to Irish communities by reducing high levels of leakage and improving water quality. The nearly 430m of new water mains will eliminate existing leaks and provide a more reliable supply for the people of Lehenaghmore.”
The section of works will take place along Matthew Hill, Lehenaghmore. Traffic management in the form of a road closure will be in place on Matthew Hill for the duration of the project to deliver the works safely and efficiently. Traffic will follow a signposted diversion. Local and emergency access will always be maintained.
Bus Éireann local services will continue to run and to maintain these services a shuttle bus will be provided between Manor Crescent and Westlink Service Station. The shuttle bus service will run from 7am to 11.30pm Monday to Thursday and on a Friday normal Bus Éireann services will resume from 4pm as the road will reopen for weekends.
The works may involve some short-term water interruptions and the project team will ensure that customers are given a minimum of 48 hours’ notice prior to any planned water interruptions.
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. If the existing service connections on the public side are lead these will be replaced as part of these improvement works.
The works will be carried out on behalf of Uisce Éireann by Ward and Burke Construction Ltd and are expected to be completed by July 2023.
The National Leakage Reduction Programme helps provide a more reliable water supply to Irish communities by reducing high levels of leakage and improving water quality. Since 2018, its delivery represents an investment of over €500 million to upgrade the underground water network across the country. Uisce Éireann is also investing a further €250 million annually up to the end of 2030 directed at fixing leaks and replacing pipes to provide a more reliable water supply.
To find out more visit our National Leakage Reduction Programme page.
Uisce Éireann’s customer care helpline is open 24/7 on 1800 278 278 and customers can also contact us on Twitter @IWCare with any queries. For local updates, please visit the Supply and Service Updates section of the Uisce Éireann website or set your location on our website.