Closure to facilitate essential works to improve water supply

Works to tackle leakage and provide a more secure and robust water supply for thousands of customers in Cork City are already underway at Patrick’s Quay and Camden Quay. Irish Water, working in partnership with Cork City Council, is laying a critical section of a new 3.8km pipeline from the east of the city. These works are part of the development of the Eastern Strategic Link water main, which will ensure a more secure supply for the city by providing the capacity to re-route supply from other areas in the event of a large burst or other unplanned incident. Ward and Burke Construction Ltd. is working on our behalf to deliver this phase of the project.

Signage and local diversions will be in place

Over the weekend of August 9-12, one lane between St. Patricks Quay and Camden Quay, crossing the junction of St. Patricks Bridge and Bridge Street, will close to facilitate these essential works. Due to this requirement, St. Patricks Bridge will be closed to vehicular traffic but pedestrian access and crossings to Bridge Street will be maintained. As the works can be completed within one lane closure, traffic flow is to be maintained along the Quays in the direction of Camden Quay. Signage and local diversions will be in place.

The road closure times granted by Cork City Council, in conjunction with An Garda Síochána, are from 7.30pm Friday evening August 9 to 6am Monday 12th August.

Works will ensure a more secure and resilient supply

Once complete, the Eastern Strategic Link trunk water main will provide the capacity to re-route supply from other water treatment plants in the event of a large burst, or other unplanned incident. This will ensure a more secure and resilient water supply for the city. When the two phases of this project are complete, a total length of 6.2kms of pipeline will have been constructed. Phase 1 of this project will be completed by the end of August which involved laying 3.8km of trunk main from Tivoli Docks to Camden Quay. In addition, works to renew aged water mains in Turners Cross, the Victorian Quarter, and Skehard road are continuing.

Steven Blennerhassett, Leakage Reduction Programme

“Water network improvement works are progressing well in many locations across Cork City. We would like to thank local residents and businesses for their ongoing cooperation as we work together to deliver these improvements to Cork’s water supply.”

“In addition to replacing pipes, lead connections to approximately 1,700 individual properties have been replaced as part of our Leakage Reduction Programme in Cork City. Our teams are also investigating and repairing leaks on customers’ properties throughout the city. Customers can report a suspected leak by contacting Irish Water at 1850 278 278, or through our website”

“We would like to thank the public for their patience and assure them that carrying out these works with the minimum of disruption remains our top priority.”

Details of work in the area will be updated regularly on the Supply and Services Updates section on the website. For more information, please visit National Leakage Reduction Programme page. 


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