Uisce Éireann – raising the roof in Cork City

26 June 2023

The Churchfield Reservoir, constructed in 1982 has supplied over 40,000 people from the north side of Cork City for over 40 years. Following some remedial works in 2006, structural issues arose in 2018 which required emergency stabilisation works and a further multi-million euro investment. 

Uisce Éireann, in partnership with Cork City Council, David Walsh Civil Engineering and Sorensen Civil Engineering Ltd, have been hard at work to replace the existing roof and clean the entire reservoir to safeguard the water supply for Cork City now and into the future. Crews landed on site last November to begin the mammoth task of removing the existing roof. 

Speaking about the project, John Hickey, Project Manager with Uisce Éireann said “This is another vital project in protecting and enhancing the water supply for the people of Cork City. It is a massive undertaking which requires the collaboration of a number of parties to ensure the safe and timely completion of the roof replacement. We currently have a 350-tonne crane on site which removed the existing roof, and is now in the process of installing the new roof at the reservoir. To carry out such a complex task, while maintaining clean and safe drinking water is a challenge and I want to thank all involved for their hard work and diligence to date."

The project is progressing well, and we anticipate that it will be completed by September 2023.”

Uisce Éireann is responsible for delivering public drinking water and wastewater services for the people of Ireland. We are committed to enabling communities to thrive by continuously upgrading and developing critical infrastructure to support sustainable growth and development, providing safe drinking water, and enhancing the environment. To find out more visit the Uisce Éireann website.