Shanakiel Water Main Upgrade

Water Project

Upgrading the water supply network serving Churchfield, Harbour View and Shanakiel.

Irish Water, working in partnership with Cork City Council, is upgrading the water supply network serving Churchfield, Harbour View and Shanakiel. This project includes replacement of existing water mains and the construction of two new pumping stations. Once complete, this project will improve security of supply by replacing and upgrading old pipework in Cork City’s water supply network.

In Progress

News and Updates

On 19 April 2021, site investigations and ecological surveys will commence along Pope’s Quay, North Mall, Sunday’s Well Road, Shanakiel Road and Lee Road. These works will run through the night (19:30 to 06:00). Each of the locations across the city will take approx. 1-2 working nights to complete. Irish Water expects these works to last for approx. 3 weeks in total. Traffic management will be in place to facilitate these investigation works.

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.


  • Safeguard the water supply to Churchfield, Harbour View, Shanakiel, and the western side of Cork City
  • Continue to provide a clean, reliable and safe water supply to the area and Cork City
  • Facilitate future growth in Cork City


  • Replacement of the Shanakiel rising and distribution mains
  • Replacement of over 1.7km of old cast iron water mains
  • Construction of two new pump stations, one at Shanakiel and one at Harbour View
  • Upgrades to the trunk main between the Lee Road water treatment plant and the distribution mains
  • Safety upgrades to the entrance to the Shanakiel reservoir, with better visibility for vehicles accessing and leaving the site