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National Leakage Reduction Programme works set to continue in Glanworth

Over 3km of problematic water mains to be replaced.

Uisce Éireann, in partnership with Cork County Council is replacing ageing, problematic water mains prone to bursts in Labbacallee, Glanworth, Co. Cork. The programme to replace the water mains will commence this week and will provide a more secure, reliable water supply. The works are a critical step in conserving water, our most precious resource, and reducing instances of bursts which have been a significant source of disruption and outages for customers.

Programme Manager for Uisce Éireann's National Leakage Reduction Programme, Joey Hillard is looking forward to getting boots on the ground and commencing work.

"Old and damaged water mains are a huge source of leakage and continue to impact communities right across the country. The National Leakage Reduction Programme helps provide a more secure and reliable water supply to communities by reducing high levels of leakage and providing an improved water network that will require less maintenance in the future. The 3,100m of new water mains will eliminate existing leaks and ensure a more reliable supply for the people of Labbacallee."

Joey added, "I would like to thank the local community in advance for their patience and co-operation during the works. We know based on previous projects that the short-term inconvenience will be outweighed by the long-term benefits."

The section of works will take place along the L1414, Labbacallee from the 20th of March until the 16th June and will be limited to short sections to minimise the impact on customers. To deliver the works safely and efficiently, traffic management in the form of temporary traffic lights will be in place. Local and emergency access will always be maintained. 

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 June 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.

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