Cork City Water Supply - Eastern Strategic Trunk Watermain

Irish Water is progressing with significant upgrades to the water network across Cork City.

Irish Water is progressing with significant upgrades to the water network across Cork City. In partnership with Cork City Council, we are working to improve the security of water supply across Cork City through the delivery of three projects as part of the Cork City Water Supply Scheme. Farrans Construction is delivering these three projects on behalf of Irish Water.

  1. Eastern Strategic Trunk Watermain
  2. Shanakiel Watermains Upgrades 
  3. Western Trunk Watermain 
Location
Cork
Status
In Progress
Type
Water

Details of upcoming works:

LocationStart dateEnd datePlanned WorksTraffic Mangement
Popes Quay & Camden Quay / Mulgrave Road 04 January 2022 04 February 2022

Site Investigation, Testing and commissioning of installed watermains.
Installing of fittings and chambers

Traffic management is in place and access will be maintained. Cycle lane closed during this section of works.
Shanakiel Road 04 January 2022 05 April 2022 Site Investigation, Installation of a new watermain Traffic management will be in place. Local and emergency access will be maintained at all times.

News and Updates

Mulgrave Road 

Nightworks will commence on Mulgrave Road on Monday 24th January from 19.00 to 06.00. Works will be in place for one night and traffic management will be maintained throughout the works area. Local and emergency access will be maintained at all times. 

The cycle lane on Mulgrave Road is closed for the duration of works in the interest of public safety. The necessary signage has been installed for this. The cycle lane should be back open to cyclists when works cease in this area next week. 

Shanakiel Road 

Works have commenced on Shanakiel Road and will continue for a period of 13 weeks up to Friday 5th April 2022 to facilitate the installation of a new watermain from the Sunday’s Well Road junction to the Shanakiel Reservoir entrance as depicted in Figure 1 below. The works will be undertaken Monday to Friday and will be completed in two phases:

Phase 1: A night-time road closure has been implemented since 10th January 2022 to complete works between the hours of 19.30 and 06.00, to facilitate pipelaying works for approximately 100m from the Sunday’s Well Road Junction. Figure 2 details the diversion route. A road closure is necessary to minimise the impact on both residents in the area and road users utilising this route. The road will be fully reopening outside these working hours.

Phase 2: Upon completion of Phase 1, which is anticipated to take approximately 3 weeks, works will be in operation both during the day and at night. A lane closure will be implemented during the hours of 06:00 – 19:30 and a road closure will be implemented during the hours of 19:30 – 06:00. Maximising the working hours will result in a reduced overall construction programme and lead to less disruption for residents / road users. In addition to this, heavy impact works will be completed during the day which will minimise noise at night for local residents. Traffic management will be maintained throughout the works area and local and emergency access will be maintained at all times. 

Pipeline route and area of works

Diversion route

What is involved as part of this project?

As part of this project, Irish Water will:

  • Replace and upsize where required 2.4km of various sized large diameter trunk mains between Camden Quay and Shanakiel Reservoir.

What are the benefits of this project?

  • Provide a secure and reliable water supply to Cork City.
  • Reduced leaks as the replacement of water mains and service connections will eliminate existing leaks and reduce the amount of clean drinking water lost into the ground.

Eastern trunk main

Stakeholder Engagement

Farrans Construction has a full time Stakeholder Liaison Officer on the contract who is available to address and queries or concerns in relation to the works.
Contact details: Eamonn O’Sullivan (047) 39999 or corkcity@farrans.com.

For updates on the works please visit website project pages listed above.