30 November 2018 Go back to News
Works to improve water quality and reduce leakage get underway in Turner’s Cross
Old damaged pipes will be replaced with modern polyethylene pipes
Works have commenced in the Turner’s Cross area of Cork City this week to improve the water supply for residents and businesses by tackling the high levels of water leakage in the area. Irish Water, working in partnership with Cork City Council is replacing approximately 4.8km of problematic water mains in Turner’s Cross. The old, damaged pipes will be replaced with modern, polyethylene (plastic) pipes.
The works will take place in two periods commencing Monday December 3rd 2018 with works on O’Connell Avenue, moving to Friars Road, Congress Road and Derrynane Road (between Congress Road and Friars Walk). Works will cease for Christmas and all excavations will be temporarily reinstated for this break.
Irish Water’s Leakage Reduction Programme will continue in Turner’s Cross into 2019, when the cast iron water mains will be replaced in the Beaufort Park, Doyle Road, Evergreen Road, Father Mathew Road, Hollyville, Mercier Park, Murphy’s Gardens, O'Connell Avenue, O'Connell Crescent, St. Anne’s Park, St. Patrick’s Road and Mountpleasant Avenue areas.
These works are part of Irish Water’s national Leakage Reduction Programme and will be carried out by Coffey Northumbrian Ltd. in partnership with Cork City Council on behalf of Irish Water.
The works involve the decommissioning of old cast iron water mains and associated lead services. New water mains will be constructed along the public road and new service connections will be installed from the new water main to individual properties. All mains and public side service connection replacements are estimated to be complete by July 2019.
“As they get older, cast iron watermains can become severely corroded and have a high level of leakage as well as being subject to frequent bursts, which in turn leads to water discoloration. At present, almost half of the water produced in Ireland is lost to leaks in the network.” said Steven Blennerhassett, Leakage Reduction Programme Regional Lead, Irish Water.
“Replacing these ageing water mains will not only reduce the high levels of leakage, but it will also improve security of water supply, as well as improving the quality of the water.”
“We would like to thank local residents and businesses for their ongoing cooperation as we work together to deliver these improvements for Turner’s Cross; and Cork City Council for their continuing efforts in delivering this programme of works.”
“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.