Waterworks continue in central and north Cork


MAJOR waterworks were announced for Macroom in the middle of Cork and Freemount in North Cork during the week as a boil water advisory entered its second week in the city center from Cork.

It works at Macroom involves replacing around 615m of problematic water pipes with new, modern pipes.

The water line replacement program at Kilnagurteen, Macroom will begin in early November 2021. This work is being carried out as part of Irish Water’s national leak reduction program.

“Residents of Millstreet Road in Macroom will be relieved that Irish Water has agreed to replace the main and that work is due to start in the coming weeks,” said Aindrias Moynihan, TD Cork North West, welcoming the news.

“This will mean that there will finally be an end to the disruption of the water supply in the region.”

A boil water advisory has been in effect in Macroom since October 19. This is unrelated to the Kilnagurteen issue and stems from a failure of the reservoir pump. This resulted in turbidity and discoloration of the water and the boil water advisory was issued as a precaution by Irish Water following consultation with Cork County Council and the HSE.

Spare parts for the pumps arrived on site on Friday and work continued over the weekend to replace defective parts.

The boil water advisory is expected to be lifted during the week.

In Freemount, Irish Water crews were mobilized on Sunday as problems arose at the local water treatment plant over the weekend.

“Repairs are being done as quickly and efficiently as possible to minimize disruption to the area and restore water to all customers,” said Pat Britton.

“We understand the inconvenience unforeseen outages can have on customers and we appreciate your patience as we work to restore water supply to all as quickly as possible.”

The utility has apologized to vulnerable water users in the area and residents dependent on the water supply for the inconvenience.

There have been a number of blackouts in other areas around Cork after a weekend of heavy rains and crews have been deployed to Mallow, Newmarket, Ladysbridge, Ballymacoda and Cúil Aodha.


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