Safeguarding the water supply in Cork remains a vital focus for Irish Water with watermains upgrade works due to kick off in Kanturk in early January. Irish Water is replacing almost 5km in Paal East, Kanturk.
The works are part of a national programme to drive down leakage and reduce the number of bursts and unplanned outages impacting the community. The works are being carried out on behalf of Irish Water and Cork County Council by Ward and Burke Construction.
The old and declining water mains are being replaced with new modern pipework to provide a more reliable water supply, improve water quality and reduce
the high levels of leakage impacting customers.
The works in Paal East, Kanturk, are expected to be completed by the end of April and are being carried out as part of Irish Water’s National Leakage Reduction Programme.
Speaking about the planned works, Steven Blennerhassett, Irish Water, said, “Replacing these ageing water mains in Paal East is another critical step in conserving our most precious resource and eliminating existing leaks which have been a source of disruption for customers. With the replacement of almost 5km of old water mains, we aim to improve water quality and provide a more secure reliable water supply for the community of Kanturk.
“For us to complete these works safely, traffic management will be necessary. We wish to thank customers in advance for their ongoing support and patience as we deliver these necessary works to safeguard the water supply.”
For Paal East, the Mill Road/Paal (L1025) will remain closed from its junction with Percival Street to the Dromalore Road (L1024) from early-January to early-February while the works are taking place. A second road closure will take place from late-January to late-April along the L1023 Coolclogh/Garraveasogre Road to facilitate works on this section of road. Diversions will be in place for both projects however, local and emergency access will always be maintained.
Since 2018, Irish Water has invested over €500 million to upgrade the underground water network across the country through the delivery of the Leakage Reduction Programme. We are investing a further €250 million every year up to the end of 2030 – fixing leaks and replacing pipes to provide a more reliable water supply.
Irish Water is responsible for the delivery of all public water and wastewater services in Ireland. They are committed to continuously upgrading and developing critical infrastructure to support the growth needed in housing and across our economy, while protecting the environment and safeguarding water supplies.