Replacement of 4km of old water mains in Shanbally and Kanturk

Work to tackle leakage and improve the water supply for thousands of Cork customers recently got underway at an additional two locations around the county.

The work in Shanbally and Kanturk will see almost 4km of old water mains and connecting pipes being replaced, leading to a much improved water supply for customers in these areas.

Reducing leakage nationwide between now and 2021

This is part of Irish Water’s €500 million investment in reducing leakage nationwide between now and 2021.

“We are committed to reducing the amount of treated water lost to leakage in Cork. Much of the water main network across the city and county is very old and in poor condition, with some cast iron pipes in the ground for over a century. This means that a large amount of treated water is simply leaking into the ground,” said Steven Blennerhassett of Irish Water.

 “By replacing these old pipes we can reduce leakage, prevent disruption due to burst pipes and ensure a more reliable and secure water supply for local residents and businesses. We will also be replacing old service pipes between the water mains in the public road and the boundaries of customers’ properties. Where the existing service connections on the public side are made from lead these will be replaced as part of this improvement work.”

Works are taking place at the following locations:

  • Ringaskiddy West/Shanbally: 840 metres between Curragh Hill and the junction of Curragh Hill/N28, due to be completed by December.
  • Kanturk: 2.6km on the Greenfield Road, due to be completed by December.

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

Works may involve some short term water shut offs

Areas of work will be limited to short sections to minimise impact on customers. 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. Traffic management will be in place for the duration of the works in each area.

Irish Water regrets any inconvenience these necessary water network improvements cause. Details of work in the area will be updated regularly on the Supply and Service Updates section.

National Leakage Reduction Programme

For more information please visit, National Leakage Reduction Programme.


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