Irish Water, in partnership with Cork County Council, will shortly begin work to deliver a more secure and reliable water supply in Castletownbere by replacing almost 2km of old water pipes in the town.
This work will protect and enhance the town’s water supply by reducing the likelihood of disruption due to leaks and burst pipes. It will also ensure that the town has a better and more efficient water supply by significantly reducing the amount of water lost into the ground through leakage.
This project is part of Irish Water’s national Leakage Reduction Programme which will see €500 million invested nationally over the next four years to reduce leakage and remove problematic pipes from the public water network. These works will ensure we have a clean, safe and reliable water supply now and into the future to support our growing population and economy.
The works in Castletownbere will involve replacing over 1km of old and damaged cast iron water mains and a further 900m of asbestos cement water mains. As part of the project, new connections will be laid from the public water mains to customers’ property boundaries and any old lead connections on the public network will be replaced.
These works will be delivered on behalf of Irish Water by Coffey Northumbrian Ltd and are due to be completed by August. They will take place at the following locations:

  • The R572/R571 from Dinish Island Bridge to Chapel Lane
  • The L-4917 on the east side of the square 
  • The west side of the square
  • A section along the L-4717 

We are very pleased to be starting this essential project in Castletownbere which will deliver a much improved water supply for residents, businesses and visitors to the town,” said Steven Blennerhasset, Water Networks Regional Lead with Irish Water.
“This will benefit the local community by providing a more reliable supply with  better pressure, and improve water quality by taking old cast iron and lead pipes out of the network. In the longer term the additional capacity provided by this improved infrastructure will also help facilitate future developmen
We understand that this type of work can be inconvenient and works crews will make every effort to minimise any disruption these necessary works cause.
Areas of work will be limited to short sections to minimise impact on customers. The works may involve some short-term water shut offs. The project team will ensure that customers are given a minimum of 48 hours notice prior to any planned water shut offs.
Traffic management will be in place for the duration of the works. Local and emergency traffic will be maintained at all times.”
Irish Water regrets any inconvenience that may be caused by delivery of this essential work. Details of work in the area will be updated regularly on the Service and Supply updates section of the Irish Water website at or via Irish Water’s 24/7 Customer Care line at 1850 278 278.

More information

For more information, visit our page on Leakage Reduction Programme.

To report a leak in public property, such as footpaths, roads and communal areas, visit Report a Leak.


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