Damaged pipes will be replaced with modern, high density polyethylene (plastic) pipes

Replacing problematic aging water mains

Irish Water, working in partnership with Cork County Council, is replacing over 5 kilometres of problematic aging cast iron water mains in Bantry town, Derryginah and the Rope Walk areas. These works will commence next week and are part of Irish Water’s 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.

What is involved in the works?

New water mains will be constructed along the public road. The old, damaged pipes will be replaced with modern, high density polyethylene (plastic) pipes. The works 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 these improvement works.

Areas affected

Works to replace 395 metres of water mains in Bantry town are due to commence on Main Street on March 4th. The mains renewal works will be carried out in sequential order – Main Street, followed by Barrack Street, and then Market Street - to minimise any disruption to businesses and residents in the areas. Works in Bantry town are expected to be completed by early May.

Our Leakage Reduction Programme is due to continue in the area with a critical 2.4 kilometres of mains renewal in Derryginagh. This pipework links the main reservoir to Bantry town.

2 kilometres of mains will also be replaced in Rope Walk and a further 480 meters of water mains are due to be laid on the N71 near the Barrack Street junction. These works are currently in the design and planning phases and a schedule of works will be available in due course.

Steven Blennerhassett Leakage Reduction Programme Regional Lead

“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. “Replacing the old, damaged pipes will ensure a more reliable water supply for the Bantry 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.”

Some short-term water shut offs may be necessary

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.

More information

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


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