1.5 kilometres of problematic water mains to be replaced

Works get underway in the Bohonagh area, between Roscarbery and Clonakilty, to improve the reliability of the water supply. Irish Water, in partnership with Cork County Council, is replacing 1.5 kilometres of problematic water mains to tackle the high levels of water leakage in the Bohonagh area. The old, damaged pipes will be replaced with modern, polyethylene (plastic) pipes.

Part of national Leakage Reduction Programme

These works will commence on 28 January and are part of our national Leakage Reduction Programme. The works will be carried out by Coffey Northumbrian Ltd. in partnership with Cork County Council on behalf of Irish Water, and are expected to be completed by the end of April 2019.

Our Leakage Reduction Programme will see €500m invested nationally to tackle problematic pipes and leakage in Ireland’s ageing water network.

Further improvements to Clonakilty area

Irish Water is carrying out a significant amount of improvements to the water supply network in the Clonakilty area. Last year, approximately two kilometres of water mains were installed near Owenahincha Beach in Ahaglaslin. 700 meters of water mains renewals and service connection were completed in Knocknageehy.

Works to replace problematic water mains in Shannonvale and Carrigfada got underway in November. Renewal works on 2.5 kilometres of water mains and service connections have recently commenced in Carrigroe. With similar works in Newmills, Foxhall and Lackenduff due to get underway shortly.

Replacing old, damaged pipes to ensure a more reliable water supply 

“As they get older, some pipes have a high level of leakage as well as being subject to frequent bursts.” said Steven Blennerhassett, Leakage Reduction Programme Regional Lead with Irish Water. 

“Replacing the old, damaged pipes will ensure a more reliable water supply for the Clonakilty area. The new water mains and service connections will reduce the instances of bursts and water outages.These improvements to the water network are essential in providing a safe, secure and reliable water supply, now and into the future.” 

Works may involve some short-term water shut-offs 

The works may involve some short-term water shut-offs and the project team will ensure that customers are given a minimum of 48 hours notice prior to any planned water shut-offs. Where water mains are being constructed, traffic management may be in place during this time. Local and emergency traffic will be maintained at all times. 

We will continue to work with the community to minimise disruption. You can call our Customer Care Helpline on Callsave 1850 278 278 if you have any further questions about the project. Details of work in the area will be updated regularly on our Supply and Servive Updates section.

More information

For more information, please visit our national Leakage Reduction Programme page. 


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