University College Cork leaks must be stopped

26 August 2019
By Elaine Murphy

Irish Water excavating Donovan’s Road

Irish Water, working in partnership with Cork City Council, is completing water main improvement works on Donovan Road’s (near UCC) to tackle high levels of water leakage and improve security of water supply.

These works will take place next week, between 7am on Monday, 26th August and 4pm on Friday, 30th August. Road excavations will be required to facilitate these essential water network improvement works. The excavations will be primarily located on the inbound lane of Donovan Road. To ensure the safe delivery of these works, there may be delays to traffic flows in the area. On-street parking zones adjacent to the works will not be available for normal use and the inbound 205 Route Bus Stop will be closed during working hours. All traffic management plans have been granted by Cork City Council in conjunction with An Garda Siochána to ensure these works are delivered safely.

Improving water mains is part of Irish Water’s national Leakage Reduction Programme, which will see €500m invested nationally to tackle problematic pipes and leakage in Ireland’s ageing water network.

The works will be carried out by Ward and Burke Ltd. in partnership with Cork City Council on behalf of Irish Water.

A planned water outage, which may result in disruption to water supply, will take place on Tuesday evening, 27th August between 7pm and 11:30pm. This may disrupt water supply to customers in University College Cork, Donovan Road, O’Donovan Rossa Road, Connaught Avenue, Gillabbey Park, College Road, Wyncherley Terrace, Sunview Terrace, McCurtains Villas, St Finbar’s Road, Gillabbey Street, Fullers Road, Noonan Road, 98 Street, Bandon Road, Lough Villas, Lough Road, Waterville, Gould Street, Croghtamore Gardens, Greenmount Crescent, Green Street, Greenmount Avenue, Greenmount Place, Roselawn, Dean Street, Fort Street, Saint Finbar’s Street, Vicar Street, Deerpark, Deermount, Deerpark Court and surrounding areas.

During these essential planned works, homes and businesses in the above areas area may be impacted by reduced water pressure and water outages. Following these improvement works, water supply may take 2-3 hours to return as water refills the network.

“We understand this type of work can be inconvenient and will ensure our work crews make every effort to minimise any disruption these works may cause,” said Steven Blennerhassett, Leakage Reduction Programme Regional Lead, Irish Water.

“These essential works will help reduce leakage and safeguard water supply to customers in the area. The planned improvements to the water network are essential in providing a safe, secure and reliable water supply, now and into the future.”

“Customers can phone Irish Water on Callsave 1850 278 278 if they have any further questions about this work,” added Steven Blennerhassett.

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