Upgrades to water supplies on the northside of Cork City are set to get underway in the coming months.
The projects are expected to increase the security of drinking water supply, reduce leakage, increase capacity and enable growth and development of the city.
One of the projects will involve the replacement of 2.4km of large diameter trunk mains between Camden Quay and Shanakiel reservoir. It's expected to result in a more secure and reliable supply of water to Cork City, as well as reduce leakage and the amount of treated drinking water currently lost in the ground every day in the city.
Another project will involve replacing 1.85km of the water supply network between Lee Road water treatment plant and the Shanakiel and Harbour View reservoirs. It will also involve the construction of two new pumping stations at Shanakiel and Harbour View.
Once complete, this project will safeguard the water supply to Churchfield, Harbour View, Shanakiel and the western side of Cork City. This new project will also improve energy efficiency, reducing the amount of energy needed to pump water across the city’s networks, reduce leakage and provide a more secure water supply to this part of the city.
A third project will involve the construction of a new 5.5km link between water supplies in the City Centre and Cork Harbour area. The new link will provide additional water supply capacity to Cork City, facilitating growth in the city centre and improving the security of water supply, for example during large burst incidents, or during drought periods. The project will include a significant pipe crossing of the River Lee, as well as crossings of other critical road arteries into the city.
Farrans Ltd. is delivering these projects on behalf of Irish Water, with the works to commence in the coming months and expected to take two years to complete.
Sinn Féin Councillor Mick Nugent has welcomed the developments.
These projects are expected to commence in the coming months and will take two years to complete.