Ballincollig works begin to improve water supply

Ballincollig works begin to improve water supply
The old, damaged water pipes will be replaced with modern, high density polyethylene (plastic) pipes. Pic: Irish Water

WORKS get underway this week in the Knockburden area of Ballincollig to improve the water supply by tackling the high levels of water leakage.

Irish Water, working with Cork County Council, is replacing over a kilometre of problematic water mains in Knockburden. The old, damaged pipes will be replaced with modern, polyethylene (plastic) pipes.

The works are part of Irish Water’s national Leakage Reduction Programme and will be carried out by contractors Coffey Northumbrian Ltd. The works are expected to be completed by end of February 2019.

“As they get older, some pipes have a high level of leakage as well as being subject to frequent bursts.” said Steven Blennerhassett, leakage reduction programme regional lead, Irish Water.

“The installation of this water main is essential in providing a safe, secure and reliable water supply for this area, now and into the future.”

Irish Water said the works may involve some short-term water shut-offs and the project team will ensure that customers are given a minimum of 48 hours notice prior to any planned water shut-offs.

Where water mains are being constructed, traffic management may be in place during this time. Local and emergency traffic will be maintained at all times.

“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 Mr Blennerhassett.

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