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They’re old, damaged and date back to the early 1900s.

Now the cast iron water pipes north of the river, on MacCurtain Street and the surrounding area, are going to be replaced for the first time in over 100 years.

Starting at the end of July, Irish Water plans to replace approximately 4km of old water mains in Cork city centre which will result in significant improvements in the water supply for local customers.

Temporary traffic management arrangements will be put in place and locals in the area can expect short-term water shut-offs as the work is completed.

A statement from Cork City Council said:

‘Due to the age of the pipes to be replaced, they have become severely corroded and have a high level of leakage as well as being subject to frequent bursts, which in turn leads to water discolouration issues. In some parts of the city over 60% of water supplied is lost through leakage. This project will benefit local residents by providing them with a more secure, reliable supply.

‘Removing old cast iron and lead pipes from the public water network and replacing them with new ductile iron and plastic (polyethylene) pipes will also reduce the risk of contamination, helping to protect customers’ health.’

Got something to say on the matter?

Irish Water will host a drop in information evening relating to the planned water network improvement works in the Metropole Hotel, MacCurtain Street, from 5pm to 7pm on Thursday, July 5th. Members of the public are invited to drop in, meet the project team and find out more about the proposed programme of works.

Main image: Victorian Quarter Cork


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