Cork City Water Supply - Eastern Strategic Trunk Watermain

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

Irish Water, working in partnership with Cork City Council, is working to improve the security of water supply across Cork City through the delivery of three projects. Farrans Construction is delivering these three projects on behalf of Irish Water, with the works expected to commence in the coming months.

Irish Water is upgrading Cork City trunk watermains to increase security of supply and reduce leakage of large strategic mains in Cork City.

In Progress

News and Updates

On 8 June 2021, works will commence on the Eastern Strategic Trunk Watermain. To facilitate the installation of a new large diameter watermain pipeline as part of these works, a road closure of a 1.6km section of road from North Gate Bridge to the junction of Sunday’s Well Road and Shanakiel Road. Following consultation with Cork City Council, the road closure has been confirmed and will be in place from Tuesday 08 June to Tuesday 31 August 2021. 
The road will be closed to public traffic from North Gate Bridge to the junction of Sundays Well Road and Shanakiel Road (see Figure 1 below). Local and emergency access will be maintained at all times throughout the road closure.

The diversion route is outlined below in Figure 2.

An online briefing on the planned road closure was held on Thursday 20 May at 7:00pm. The FAQ document shared issued to impacted stakeholders can be found here.

Irish Water is working proactively with our delivery partners and as part of a multi-agency working group to ensure that our construction works are carried out in a controlled and safe manner, in keeping with Government and HSE guidelines to protect workers, their families and the broader community.

Figure 1 - Road Closure

Figure 2 - 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.