500 meters of old problematic water mains will be replaced

Works are getting underway this week on Horgan’s Quay to improve water supply for Cork City by tackling the high levels of leakage. 

Irish Water, in partnership with Cork City Council, is constructing a new ductile iron trunk water main on Horgan’s Quay. 500 meters of old problematic water mains will be replaced. The main will be laid from Water Street, along Horgan’s Quay and connected to the recently constructed pipework near Kent Station. 

These works are part of Irish Water’s national Leakage Reduction Programme and will be carried out by Ward & Burke Construction Ltd. in partnership with Cork City Council on behalf of Irish Water. The works are expected to be completed by the end of March.

This work is being carried out as part of Irish Water’s Leakage Reduction Programme, which will see €500m invested nationally over the next four years to tackle problematic pipes and leakage in Ireland’s ageing water network.

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. 

The installation of this water main is essential in providing a safe, secure and reliable water supply for this area, now and into the future.” 

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. Customers can phone Irish Water on Callsave 1850 278 278 if they have any further questions about the project,” added Steven Blennerhassett. 


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