Rosscarbery set to enjoy more reliable water supply following mains replacement works

21 February 2023

Uisce Éireann, in partnership with Cork County Council, is replacing just over 3.5km of aged water mains with new modern pipes in Rosscarbery. The project, which will commence in early March, will provide a more reliable water supply and reduce the amount of treated drinking water lost to leakage. The works are a critical step in conserving water, our most precious resource, and reducing high levels of leakage which have been a significant source of disruption and outages for customers. 

Programme Manager for Uisce Éireann’s National Leakage Reduction Programme, Steven Blennerhassett is looking forward to getting crews on site.

Old and damaged water mains are a huge source of leakage and continue to impact communities right across Ireland, causing low pressure and supply disruption. Replacing these old water mains that are in poor condition will eliminate existing leaks and significantly reduce the amount of clean drinking water lost to the ground.

Steven added, “I would like to thank the local community in advance for their patience and co-operation during the works, we know based on previous experience that the short-term inconvenience will be outweighed by the long-term benefits.

The section of works will take place between Cahermore Cross and Derry Reservoir, Rosscarbery, Co. Cork. A stop-go system will be in place; however, local and emergency access will be maintained at all times. 

  • L8320 - Derry, Rosscarbery from 8am Monday 13th March to 6pm Friday 24th March
  • L8317 – Ardagh East, Rosscarbery from 8am Monday 20th March to 6pm Friday 5th May
  • L4244 – Froe, Cahermore, Rosscarbery from 8am Monday 24th April to 6pms Friday 14th July.

The works will also 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. If the existing service connections on the public side are lead, these will be replaced as part of these improvement works.

These works are being carried out by Ward & Burke Construction Ltd, in partnership with Cork County Council, on behalf of Uisce Éireann and are due to be completed by the end of July 2023. 

The National Leakage Reduction Programme helps provide a more reliable water supply to Irish communities by reducing high levels of leakage and improving water quality. Since 2018, its delivery represents an investment of over €500 million to upgrade the underground water network across the country through the delivery of the Leakage Reduction Programme. Uisce Éireann is also investing a further €250 million annually up to the end of 2030 directed at fixing leaks and replacing pipes to provide a more reliable water supply. 

To find out more about Uisce Éireann’s national programme of works to reduce leakage and improve Ireland’s water supply visit our National Leakage Reduction Programme page.

Uisce Éireann’s customer care helpline is open 24/7 on 1800 278 278 and customers can also contact us on Twitter @IWCare with any queries. For local updates, please visit the Water Supply Updates section or set your location on our website.