Water supply improvements on the way for the community of Cloyne

16 May 2022

Irish Water, working in partnership with Cork County Council, is replacing 2200m of problematic watermains near Cloyne which will improve water quality for the community. 

The project will commence in mid-May and form part of Irish Water’s National Leakage Reduction Programme. The works, being carried out by Ward and Burke Ltd on behalf of Irish Water, are expected to be completed by end of June 2022.  

The project 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. Where the existing service connections on the public side are lead these will be replaced as part of this improvement work. 

The works will take place on the L-3633 Road from Cloyne (Church Street) for approximately 2.2km, passing Churchvilla Kilboy Football Pitch, and rejoining the Churchtown South Road at the Ballycroneen/Churchtown South Junction.  

Outlining the benefits the mains replacement will bring, Steven Blennerhassett from Irish Water, explained: “Replacing these old and problematic pipes in East Cork will reduce the drinking water lost by leakage and will bring an all-round improvement to water quality for the local communities. 

A road closure will be required during this project, but we aim to minimise any impact on customers.  There may be some short-term water outages and the project team will ensure that customers are given a minimum of 48 hours’ notice beforehand. 

We understand that road works and water outages can be inconvenient, but our crews will make every effort to minimise disruption to local communities as we continue to improve the water supply in Cork and progress the National Leakage Reduction Programme.

To complete the works in a safe and efficient manner, a road closure and traffic management will be required. 

From Cloyne to the Churchtown/Ballycroneen junction (L-2633/L-7678 junction), a road closure of the L-7674 and L-7678 is required from end May to mid-June. 

The suggested eastbound diversion route is to proceed from Church Street, Cloyne, on the L-3633 Churchtown Road towards Churchtown/Ballycotton.

Irish Water’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 updates please visit our Supply and Service Updates section or set your location on our website.

This project is one example of how Irish Water is working in partnership with Local Authorities to reduce leakage and provide a more reliable water supply.  Fixing leaks can be complicated but we are making progress. In 2018 the rate of leakage nationally was 46%, by the end of 2021 it was 38%. We are on track to achieve a national leakage rate of 25% by the end of 2030.

Since 2018, Irish Water has invested over €500 million to upgrade the underground water network across the country through the delivery of the Leakage Reduction Programme. We are investing a further €250 million every year up to the end of 2030 - fixing leaks and replacing pipes to provide a more reliable water supply.

For more information on reducing leaks visit our National Leakage Reduction Programme page.