Work begins this week installing a new water main through Cork city centre that will link the city's water supply to the county.
The new section of trunk main is 470 metres long and will be constructed along Patrick’s Quay and Camden Quay.
The Eastern Strategic Link trunk water main will connect the city's water supply and reservoir in Shanakiel to the water treatment plant in Glashaboy.
The closure of the Patrick’s Bridge junction will be required in order to complete the construction of the pipeline.
Irish Water said this closure will be for a short period of time and additional communications will issue to the public well in advance of any road closures.
Once complete the new trunk main will mean there will be security of supply of water in the event of a large burst or other unplanned incident.
The first phase of this project has been completed with the installation of two kilometres of new pipeline along the Lower Glanmire Road and Horgans Quay.
Works are also progressing on Port of Cork lands at Tivoli with the installation of a further two kilometres of new pipeline, which will connect to the water treatment plant at Glashaboy.
It will increase connectivity to enable, for the first time, re-routing of water from both sides of the city, improving security of supply for homes and businesses.
Ward & Burke Ltd. are the contractors carrying out this work on behalf of Irish Water and working in partnership with Cork City Council.
Site investigation works have been taking place over the past six weeks in advance of the pipeline construction. These site investigations will allow for the detailed design of the pipeline to be completed in advance of construction.
Pipeline construction began yesterday and works will begin at 9:30am each day to minimise disruption to traffic flow in the city centre. These works will continue until the end of September.
Irish Water said they already collaborated with the project team managing the construction of Mary Elmes Bridge. A 30 metre length of pipeline that traverses the pedestrian bridge on Patrick's Quay has already been constructed, so it will not be necessary to re-excavate at the new bridge.
Irish Water’s project manager Steven Blennerhassett outlined the importance of carrying out these essential works now: “Safeguarding Cork’s water supply for the future is a top priority for Irish Water. Every day about 120 million litres of water is treated and distributed through Cork’s water supply network. However, approximately half of this clean water is lost through leaks. It is a key priority for Irish Water to reduce this leakage by fixing and replacing ageing and leaking pipes. This will ensure a safe, reliable water supply which is vital for our health, our environment and our growing population and economy.”
“I would like to thank businesses and residents for their patience and support as we carry out this essential work. We recognise that it can cause inconvenience and we will continue to make every effort to minimise disruption through active, open engagement with local communities and through collaboration between our project team and our contracting partners, Cork City Council and An Garda Siochana.”
“We will continue to work with the community to minimise disruption. Customers can phone Irish Water on Callsave 1850 278 278 if they have any further questions about the project,” added Steven Blennerhassett.