27 June 2017
By Bryan Smyth
Irish Water customers in Lisavaird, Co Cork are set to benefit from a much more reliable and secure water supply as a result of an investment of €250,000 to replace 1.7km of defective water mains in the area.
This work is necessary due to the age and poor condition of the existing mains which has resulted in as many as 15 bursts per year, leading to poor water pressure and supply disruptions for customers.
As part of the project, a number of sections of aging water mains will be replaced, along with service connections. This will lead to considerable improvements in water supply for residents and businesses in the area, with fewer disruptions due to burst pipes and a significant reduction in leakage of treated water.
Following a tendering process the contract for the project was signed recently and the work is due to get underway in the coming weeks. The estimated time for completion is 16 weeks. In addition to the laying of new water mains and all associated works, the project will include the reinstatement of all road surfaces following the completion of the work.
Traffic management measures will be in place while the work is taking place and local access will be maintained at all times. Every effort will be taken to minimise disruption to residents and road users.
Paul Cremin, Irish Water’s Capital Programmes Regional Lead, commented: “We are delighted to confirm that work will get underway shortly on this project in Lisavaird which will benefit local residents and businesses by providing a more secure and reliable water supply as well as reducing leakage on the network.
“Due to a historic under-investment in water infrastructure, much of the country’s water mains infrastructure is old and in poor condition. By 2021 Irish Water has committed in its Business Plan to reduce leakage on the public water network to less than 38%. This project is part of our ongoing investment in Ireland’s water infrastructure”.