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Irish Water to host information evening in advance of project to replace old water mains in MacCurtain Street and surrounding area

Irish Water, in partnership with Cork City Council, will host a drop in information evening in the Metropole Hotel, MacCurtain Street, from 5pm to 7pm on Thursday, July 5th.
Members of the public are invited to drop in, meet the project team and find out more about the proposed programme of works.

Irish Water will shortly begin a project to replace approximately 4km of old water mains in Cork city centre which will result in significant improvements in the water supply for local customers.

The project will involve the decommissioning of old and damaged cast iron water main, much of which dates back to the early 1900s, in an area north of the river, on MacCurtain Street and surrounding streets.*

This work is essential in order to maintain a secure and reliable water supply for the people of Cork City. Due to the age of the pipes to be replaced, they have become severely corroded and have a high level of leakage as well as being subject to frequent bursts, which in turn leads to water discoloration issues. In some parts of the city over 60% of water supplied is lost through leakage. This project will benefit local residents by providing them with a more secure, reliable supply.

This project forms part of Irish Water’s national Leakage Reduction Programme which will see over €500 million invested over the next four years to reduce leakage and improve water supplies. In 2018/2019, we plan to invest €20 million in Cork City’s distribution network through water mains rehabilitation, lead service replacement, leak detection and repair programme and the First Fix Free scheme. As a result of this work, Irish Water expects to save up to 3 million litres of treated water every day.

Construction is expected to commence by the end of July and the work will be carried out by Coffey Northumbrian on behalf of Irish Water. Temporary traffic management arrangements will be put in place as the work progresses in order to minimise disruption to the public and to businesses and residents in the area. The contractors will liaise with the Cork City Council Roads Department, An Garda Síochána and local residents and businesses who will be notified about upcoming events likely to cause disturbance such as planned temporary disconnection of services, working hours or any other planned works.

Prior to the start of the main construction work, site investigation work is due to get underway this Monday, July 2. This will involve digging a number of trial holes in MacCurtain Street and surrounding area. This work will be mainly located in parking bays to keep disruption to a minimum and work areas will be limited to short sections.

The locations to benefit from these improvement works include the following:

Leitrim Street

Carrol’s Quay

York Street

Pine Street

Lower Glanmire Rd

Woods Place

Hardwick Street

Devonshire Street 

Little William Street

Coburg Street

St. Patrick’s Quay

St. Patrick’s Hill

Camden Place

MacCurtain Street

Water Street

Bridge Street

Harley Street

Lower Grattan Hill

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