Eastern Strategic Link trunk water main

Irish Water, working in partnership with Cork City Council, will commence works next week to complete the construction of the Eastern Strategic Link trunk water main, which will provide a more secure, reliable water supply for Cork City. The newest section of trunk main is 470m and will be constructed along Patrick’s Quay and Camden Quay.

Once complete, the Eastern Strategic Link trunk water main will provide the capacity to re-route supply from other areas in the event of a large burst or other unplanned incident. This will ensure a more secure and resilient water supply for the city. The first phase of this project has been completed with the successful installation of 2kms of new pipeline along the Lower Glanmire Road and Horgans Quay. Works are also progressing on Port of Cork lands at Tivoli with the installation of a further 2kms of new pipeline, which will connect to the water treatment plant at Glashaboy.

Improved security of supply for homes and businesses

Overall, this project will improve the resilience of the water network in Cork City. It will increase connectivity to enable, for the first time, re-routing of water from both sides of the city, improving security of supply for homes and businesses.

Ward & Burke Ltd. are the contractors carrying out this work on behalf of Irish Water and working in partnership with Cork City Council. Site investigation works have been taking place over the past six weeks in advance of the pipeline construction. These site investigations will allow for the detailed design of the pipeline to be completed in advance of construction.

Pipeline construction will commence on 1 July

Pipeline construction will commence on 1 July and works will begin at 9:30am each day to minimise disruption to traffic flow in the city centre. These works will continue until the end of September.

A closure of the Patrick’s Bridge junction will be required in order to complete the construction of this pipeline safely, but this will be for a short period of time and additional communications will issue to the public well in advance of any road closures.
Irish Water and Cork City Council have collaborated with the project team managing the construction of Mary Elmes Bridge. A 30m length of pipeline that traverses the pedestrian bridge has already been constructed, so it will not be necessary to re-excavate at the new bridge. Mitigation of impact on traffic and the community have been at the forefront of design of the traffic management measures required to deliver these critical works.
Irish Water is committed to delivering these necessary water network improvements for Cork City, improving water quality, security of water supply and reduction of leakage.

Irish Water’s project manager Steven Blennerhassett outlined the importance of carrying out these essential works now “Safeguarding Cork’s water supply for the future is a top priority for Irish Water. Every day about 120 million litres of water is treated and distributed through Cork’s water supply network. However, approximately half of this clean water is lost through leaks. It is a key priority for Irish Water to reduce this leakage by fixing and replacing ageing and leaking pipes. This will ensure a safe, reliable water supply which is vital for our health, our environment and our growing population and economy.”
“I would like to thank businesses and residents for their patience and support as we carry out this essential work. We recognise that it can cause inconvenience and we will continue to make every effort to minimise disruption through active, open engagement with local communities and through collaboration between our project team and our contracting partners, Cork City Council and An Garda Siochana.

We will continue to work with the community to minimise disruption.  Customers can phone Irish Water on Callsave 1850 278 278 if they have any further questions about the project"

More information

For more information, please visit the national Leakage Reduction Programme page.



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