National Leakage Reduction Programme continues in Cork City
02 February 2024
Old cast iron pipes from the 1950s to be replaced
Uisce Éireann, working in partnership with Cork City Council, is replacing over 1.1km of old cast iron watermains in the Popham’s Road area. The project, which commenced this week, will be completed by late May.
The works will take place on Popham’s Road, including Bóthar an Choimín, St. Michaels Road, St. Colemans Road, St. Brendan’s Road, the northern side of Farranferris Avenue and a part of Fairfield Avenue. A stop-go traffic management system will be in place throughout the project.
Commenting on the project, Programme Manager at Uisce Éireann, Jack Cronin said: “The Popham’s Road area is one of the locations that has been prioritised for replacement due to the discolouration issues that some customers in the area have been experiencing with their water supply. The old cast iron watermains we are replacing were originally constructed in the 1950s. We are delighted to progress these upgrades for the local community, providing them with a more reliable water supply that will also reduce leakage and strengthen the water network in the city.”
“Our leakage reduction team have been hard at work and have reduced the amount of water lost by 50% in Cork City, that’s 17 million litres of water saved across the city every day. We remain committed to investment in Cork to ensure the delivery of world class water services.”
“We would like to thank customers in advance for their cooperation and patience while we complete these works.’’
The project is being carried out by Ward and Burke Construction Ltd on behalf of Uisce Éireann.
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 disruption. The works also involve laying new water service connections from the public water main in the road to customers’ property boundaries and connecting it to the customer’s water supply. Where the existing service connections on the public side are lead these are being replaced.
Customers can phone Uisce Éireann on 1800 278 278 with any questions about the project or visit the Water Supply Updates section of the Uisce Éireann website for regular updates.
Uisce Éireann is responsible for delivering public drinking water and wastewater services for the people of Ireland. We are committed to enabling communities to thrive by continuously upgrading and developing critical infrastructure to support sustainable growth and development, providing safe drinking water, and enhancing the environment. To find out more visit our website.