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Ropewalk, Bantry Water Mains Replacement

Leakage Reduction Programme

Uisce Éireann in partnership with Cork County Council is replacing problematic water mains on Ropewalk, Bantry, Cork to provide a more reliable water supply, reduce high levels of leakage and improve water quality.

The works involve the replacement of approximately 1.8 kilometres of problematic asbestos cement water mains with new modern polyethylene (plastic) pipes. The programme to replace the water mains at Ropewalk will commence in late July. These works are being carried out as part of Uisce Éireann's National Leakage Reduction Programme.

The section of works will take place between the Ropewalk/ N72 Junction and the turn for Bantry General Hospital.

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. 

An Uisce Éireann worker fixing a blue pipe


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.
  • 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. 

Will customers be affected by the works?

Areas of work will be limited to short sections to minimise impact on customers. Traffic management may be in place during this time. A stop-go traffic management system will be in place for the duration of the works. Local and emergency traffic will be maintained at all times.

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. 

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.

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