Irish Water has this week confirmed to North Cork Fine Gael Councillor John Paul O’Shea that they have approved the design and construction for the replacement of just under 4km of debilitating watermains in the Castlecor & Ballyhest area of North Cork.
This follows several water outages in the area for the last 12 months or more.
Welcoming the confirmation by Irish Water, Cllr. O’ Shea said “I have been fighting the case of replacing these mains with Cork County Council and Irish Water over the last twelve months and I am delighted to report that Irish Water has recently approved this scheme. Their intention is to replace approx 600m of the mains this year with the remaining 3.2km in 2022. There has been over 20 breaks here alone in the last 6-9 months with many local households and businesses without water for days on end as a result. Cork County Council had to tanker water to the reservoir on a few occasions as the mains kept on breaking”.
The news will come as a great relief to local residents in the Castlecor & Ballyhest area who have suffered so much in recent months and years.
Cllr. O’ Shea added “I have been very conscious of the hardship residents in these areas have had to endure over the last 12 months with not knowing if they had water in the tap when they got up in the morning. There is one particular stretch of road where the pipes here are more or less rotting away and needed to be urgently addressed. Confirmation that these pipes will now be replaced is a very welcomed one and I am grateful that Irish Water saw the need to invest in this infrastructure here”.