Ballyshoneen and Ballyburden Water Mains Replacement
National Leakage Reduction Programme
Irish Water in partnership with Cork County Council is replacing problematic water mains in Ballyshoneen/Ballyburden, Co. Cork to provide a more reliable water supply, reduce high levels of leakage and improve water quality.
The works involve the replacement of over 1,400 metres of aged cast iron water mains with new modern pipes. The programme to replace the water mains in Ballyshoneen/Ballyburden will commence in early March. These works are being carried out as part of Irish Water’s National Leakage Reduction Programme.
The section of works will take place on the Maglin Road from the turn for Ballyburden Meats (L62721) to the entrance to same. Works will also take place from the Maglin Road to Corbally Cross (L6272) for approximately 550 metres.
The works will 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 this improvement work.
The works will be carried out on behalf of Irish Water by Ward and Burke Ltd. and are expected to be completed in late April.
What are the benefits of the works?
The benefits of these leakage reduction works include:
- Reliable Water Supply – Replacement of water mains and service connections will reduce the instances of bursts and water outages ensuring a more reliable supply of water to customers and local businesses in the area.
- Improved Water Quality – Removing existing old cast iron and lead from the public water network and replacing them with new pipes will reduce the risk of contamination.
- Reduced Leaks – Replacement of water mains and service connections will eliminate existing leaks and reduce the amount of clean drinking water lost into the ground.
- Improved Operation and Maintenance – These works will deliver efficiencies including cost savings by providing improved water network operation that will require less maintenance in the future.
Traffic management, road closures and working hours
In order to complete the works in a safe and efficient manner, the L62721 road will remain closed during working hours from the junction on Maglin Road to Ballyguilly from Monday 7 March to Friday 1 April. Working hours for the duration of this phase of the works will be 6pm to 7am Monday nights to Friday mornings.
A suggested diversion on the Maglin Road will be signposted on approach.
A second road closure will be in place from Monday 28 March to Friday 22 April along the L6272 (Maglin road to the Corbally Cross road). Working hours will revert to normal daytimes hours during this phase of the works.
A suggested diversion via Jimmy's Cross to Corbally Cross will be signposted on approach. Local access will be maintained.
Will customers be affected by the works?
The works may involve some short-term water interruptions and the project team will ensure that customers are given a minimum of 48 hours’ notice prior to any planned water interruptions.
We understand that this type of work can be inconvenient and works crews will make every effort to minimise any disruption these necessary works cause.