Works progress to improve Killavullen water supply

31 May 2021

Irish Water, working in partnership with Cork County Council, is replacing approximately 720 metres of problematic water mains in Killavullen, to tackle high levels of water leakage and unplanned supply interruptions. 

The works will involve laying new water mains and service connections from the water main in the road to customers’ property boundaries, connecting it to the customers’ water supply. The works will begin next week and are expected to be completed by the end of July. The section of works will take place from the junction of Main St/Chapel St/Ross St, along Ross St continuing out the Ballyhooly Road, past the new graveyard and going as far as the local storage reservoir. 

These works are  part of Irish Water’s National Leakage Reduction Programme which will see €500m invested nationally to tackle problematic pipes and leakage in Ireland’s ageing water network.

The works will be carried out by Coffey Group on behalf of Irish Water.

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, Irish Water. 

Replacing the old, damaged pipes will ensure a more reliable water supply. The new water mains and service connections will reduce the instances of bursts and water outages which have been very high in the Killavullen area. These improvements to the water network will deliver savings in the operation and maintenance of the local network. They are essential in providing a safe, secure and reliable water supply, now and into the future.

Areas of work will be limited to short sections to minimise impact and disruption to commuters. Traffic management will be in place during this time. Local access will be maintained, but is advised that through road users take alternative routes for the duration of the works. Emergency traffic will be maintained at all times.

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.

We will work with the local community in Killavullen to minimise disruption,” added Steven Blennerhassett.

For more information, please visit the National Leakage Reduction Programme section of our website.