Residents, businesses and visitors to Sherkin Island off the West Cork coast will benefit from a much more secure and reliable water supply as a result of an Irish Water project to replace aging water mains on the island.

The 1km section of main being replaced has burst eight times in the past year, leading to disruptions to supply on a number of occasions.

This project, which represents an investment €215,000, addresses this problem by replacing the aging mains and service connections with modern plastic water mains.

The pipe-laying work is now nearing completion, after which all the affected roads will be fully reinstated.

Paul Cremin, Capital Programmes regional lead with Irish Water, commented “By replacing this old section of water main we will address what has become a regular problem of supply outages due to burst pipes. This will benefit the full-time residents and businesses on the island as well as the many tourists who visit during the summer months by providing them with a secure and reliable water supply.”

This work will also reduce leakage on the network which will help to reduce the volume of treated water that that is lost unnecessarily. We would like to thank the people of Sherkin for their patience and co-operation while we carried out this essential work.”

For more information on this project, please visit our Service and Supply section or contact the 24/7 customer care line at 1850 278 278.


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