WEST CORK: Upgrade of Bandon water mains and sewers will improve local water supply, and protect environment

18 September 2018
By Elaine Murphy
elaine@TheCork.ie

A major upgrade of Bandon’s water main and sewer network will improve the water supply and help protect the local environment.

Irish Water is investing €14m in this project which will lead to big improvements in the quality and reliability of the town’s water supply by replacing old water mains which have a history of frequent bursts and a high rate of leakage.

It will also increase the capacity of the sewer network, helping to alleviate sewer flooding and reducing discharges to the Bandon River.

“This is a very important project that will have major long-term benefits for Bandon. It involves replacing almost 10km of old water main and increasing the capacity of the truck water main, as well as upgrading over 5km of sewers,” said Seamus Glynn of Irish Water.

“While there will be a significant amount of construction work involved, by carrying out these works as part of the same contract we aim to minimise any disruption to the local community and complete it as quickly as possible. We are committed to working in partnership with local businesses and residents, and will take on board any feedback we receive and provide regular updates to all stakeholders.”

A contract was recently signed with Ward and Burke Construction Ltd to carry out this work which is due to get underway in the coming weeks.

Ahead of the start of construction work, a public information evening will take place on Wednesday, September 26th from 6.30pm to 8.30pm in Bandon Town Hall. Members of the public are welcome to drop in, meet the project team and learn more about this essential work.

This scheme is in addition to the upgrade of the wastewater treatment plant in the town. These two projects represent a combined investment of €28 million by Irish Water which will significantly improve the town’s wastewater treatment capacity, protect the local environment and facilitate development in the area.

The project team will notify the local community in advance of planned works in their areas and provide contact details should they have any queries. We will also work closely with the local community to minimise any potential disruption and with Cork County Council and An Garda Síochána to manage traffic while the works are underway.

Ward and Burke Construction Ltd will have a full time Community Liaison Officer who will be engaging in communicating with all stakeholders on the contract and will be available to address any queries or concerns in relation to the works. They can be contacted at bandon@wardandburke.com

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