Replacing 395 metres of problematic water mains to improve the water supply

Irish Water, working in partnership with Cork County Council, is replacing 395 metres of problematic water mains to improve the water supply for residents and businesses in Bantry. The works to tackle leakage and renew aged water mains have been taking place in the town since the beginning of March.

The works involve the decommissioning and replacement of aging cast iron water mains. 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 are being replaced as part of this improvement work. The works are being carried out on our behalf by Coffey Northumbrian Ltd.

Works nearing completion on Main Street

These renewal works are nearing completion on Main Street after successful testing and connection to the existing water network. Access to local businesses has been maintained throughout the installation of each individual connection to the new mains. 

Challenging ground conditions and the discovery of a previously unmapped storm water network of stone culverts under the surface of Main Street has caused minor delays. Excavation work has been slower than projected due to the sensitive nature of these structures. An archaeologist is present on site while further excavations are being undertaken. The section between Barrack Street and Market Street is due to progress over the next week with testing scheduled for mid-April.

Leakage Reduction Programme due to continue in area

Due to the sensitive and challenging ground conditions on Main Street, work has progressed to Barrack Street in order to prevent a delay to the programme. Our Leakage Reduction Programme is due to continue in the area with a critical 2.4 kilometres of mains renewal in Derryginagh, which links the main reservoir to Bantry town, and a further 2 kilometres will be replaced in Rope Walk. 

Steven Blennerhassett, Leakage Reduction Programme

“As they get older, cast iron pipes 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”

“We would like to thank local residents, businesses and commuters for their ongoing cooperation as we work together to deliver these improvements for Bantry; and Cork County Council for their continuing efforts in delivering this challenging programme of works.”

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

More information

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


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