The village of Rylane is to receive new watermains in the coming months following confirmation by Irish Water to Cork County Council this week to replace 4.6km of debilitating pipes.
The Mid Cork village has 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 a long period. The situation has become even more critical in recent weeks with more than 30 breaks to date this year.
Welcoming the confirmation of funding, Mayor of the County of Cork Cllr. John Paul O’ Shea (Ind) who has raised this issue with Irish Water in recent weeks following a meeting with Rylane Community Council said, “This will come as a great relief to the people of Rylane who have suffered considerably over the years with the frequent disruption to their water supply. The current infrastructure is clearly no longer fit for purpose. I’m delighted that we have now received approval from Irish Water to proceed with the replacement of these pipes, which is estimated to cost in the region of €460,000. Works on tendering for these works will commence immediately with the aim of having the new watermains installed and in operation by early 2016”.
Rylane Community Council has 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. It is clear that it would be far more cost effective to move ahead and proceed with the full replacement of the 4.6km of water mains in the area instead of continuing to incur such expenditure in repairing already outdated and debilitating pipes.
Mayor 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 last few weeks 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 community of Rylane are all looking forward to the new infrastructure being put in place in the very near future”.