24 May 2019 Go back to News
Replacement of ageing water mains in the Bantry area to begin in Derryginagh
Works get underway in the Derryginagh area of Bantry to improve the reliability of the water supply
Irish Water, working in partnership with Cork County Council, is replacing almost 2.5 kilometres of problematic water mains to tackle the high levels of water leakage in the Derryginagh area. The old, damaged pipes will be replaced with modern, polyethylene (plastic) pipes.
Works will commence on 29 May
These works will commence on 29 May and are part of Irish Water’s national Leakage Reduction Programme. The works will be carried out by Coffey Northumbrian Ltd. in partnership with Cork County Council on our behalf, and are expected to be completed by August 2019.
The works will 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. Where existing service connections on the public side are lead these will be replaced as part of this improvement work.
Works in Bantry town to be completed this week
Works that began in Bantry town in March will be completed this week. After completion in the town, the works will shift to Derryginah to begin a critical replacement on a burst prone section of water mains.
Part of Leakage Reduction Programme
This work is being carried out as part of our Leakage Reduction Programme, which will see €500m invested nationally to tackle problematic pipes and leakage in Ireland’s ageing water network.
Steven Blennerhassett, Leakage Reduction Programme Regional Lead
“Irish Water would like to thank the local community, businesses, homeowners and commuters for their continued patience and cooperation while we deliver this vital water network improvement project in Bantry.”
“Replacing the old, damaged pipes will ensure a more reliable water supply for the Bantry area. The new water mains and service connections will reduce the instances of bursts and water outages.These improvements to the water network are essential in providing a safe, secure and reliable water supply, now and into the future.”
Possible short-term water shut offs
The works may involve some short-term water shut offs and the project team will ensure that customers are given a minimum of 48 hours notice prior to any planned water shut offs. Where water mains are being constructed, traffic management may be in place during this time. Local and emergency traffic will be maintained at all times.
“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,” added Steven Blennerhassett.
For more information, please visit National Leakage Reduction Programme Page.