Water shutdown for city on Tuesday night

Water shutdown for city on Tuesday night
Gerard O’Neill and Michael Reynolds of the Cork City Council working on the burst pipe at the top of Rose Hill on the Lee Road in Cork earlier this week. Picture Dan Linehan

THE city centre and surrounding areas will be without water again on Tuesday night when a planned shutdown of the service is undertaken to facilitate repair works.

Irish Water and Cork City Council plan to carry out maintenance and repairs on the network supplying Cork city centre and surrounding areas from 11pm on Tuesday until 7am on Wednesday. The supply interruption will affect approximately 35,000 people.

This work is necessary in order to carry out repairs on a section of old water main which has been identified as being in poor condition and at risk of bursting.

A burst on a different section of pipe last week resulted in water outages for up to seven hours.

Jim Fitzgerald, Irish Water’s operations lead for Cork, commented: “Addressing the poor condition of much of Cork’s ageing water network is a key priority for Irish Water. We are investing over €15 million to replace more than 27km of water mains in the city and we will continue to invest in the network to bring it up to modern standards, thereby providing a much more secure and reliable water supply for all our customers in the city.”

Irish Water and the council said they will be liaising with all vulnerable customers, hospitals and other large water users to ensure that the impact on them can be managed and minimised.

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