The villages of Lombardstown & Glantane are to receive new water mains following confirmation of funding by the Department of Environment, Community & Local Government to Cork County Council this week.
Both communities have suffered consistent disruption to their water supply over many years with a large number of leaks often leaving houses and businesses in the area without water for over a week. The situation has become even more critical in recent weeks with more than 30 breaks to date in 2012.
Welcoming the confirmation of funding, local councillor John Paul O’ Shea (Ind) who has raised this issue consistently said, “This will come as a great relief to the people of Lombardstown & Glantane who have suffered considerably over the years with the frequent disruption to their water supply. The current infrastructure is in place since 1952 and is clearly no longer fit for purpose. I’m delighted that we have now received approval from the Department to proceed with the replacement of these pipes, which is estimated to cost in the region of €400,000”.
Both Lombardstown & Glantane Community Councils have also consistently raised the importance of replacing these water mains with Cork County Council who have acknowledged that the current situation is dire and realistically, there is only one solution to the problem which is the full replacement of the existing infrastructure in both villages. It is clear that it would be far more cost effective to move ahead and proceed with the full replacement of the 4km of water mains in the area instead of continuing to incur such expenditure in repairing already outdated and debilitating pipes.
Cllr. O’ Shea added “I want to say a particular word of thanks to the local water curator, plumbing staff and the entire water services team in Cork County Council who have worked closely with me and the local community during the year where undoubtedly, work on repairing and patching this debilitating network was no easy task. The dedication to their roles was evident at all times and I’m sure they along with the communities of Lombardstown & Glantane are all looking forward to the new infrastructure being put in place in the very near future”.