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  • Over 3km of problematic water mains to be replaced

Uisce Éireann, in partnership with Cork County Council, has announced a new programme to replace ageing and problematic water mains in Labbacallee, Glanworth, Co. Cork. The works, set to commence this week, will provide a more secure and reliable water supply to the community, while also conserving water and reducing instances of bursts that have been a significant source of disruption and outages for customers.

Joey Hillard, Programme Manager for Uisce Éireann’s National Leakage Reduction Programme, expressed his excitement at getting the project underway:

The National Leakage Reduction Programme helps provide a more secure and reliable water supply to communities by reducing high levels of leakage and providing an improved water network that will require less maintenance in the future. The 3,100m of new water mains will eliminate existing leaks and ensure a more reliable supply for the people of Labbacallee.

The works will be carried out on behalf of Uisce Éireann by Ward and Burke Construction Ltd and are expected to be completed by June 2023. The section of works will take place along the L1414, Labbacallee from the 20th of March until the 16th of June and will be limited to short sections to minimise the impact on customers.

To deliver the works safely and efficiently, traffic management in the form of temporary traffic lights will be in place. Local and emergency access will always be maintained. The works will also involve laying new water service connections from the public water main in the road to customers’ property boundaries and connecting it to the customers’ water supply. If the existing service connections on the public side are lead, these will be replaced as part of these improvement works.

The National Leakage Reduction Programme helps provide a more reliable water supply to Irish communities by reducing high levels of leakage and improving water quality. Since 2018, its delivery represents an investment of over €500 million to upgrade the underground water network across the country. Uisce Éireann is also investing a further €250 million annually up to the end of 2030 directed at fixing leaks and replacing pipes to provide a more reliable water supply.

Customers can contact Uisce Éireann’s customer care helpline 24/7 on 1800 278 278 or on Twitter @IWCare with any queries. Local updates can also be found on the Water Supply Updates section of the Uisce Éireann website or by setting your location on their website The company would also like to thank the local community for their patience and co-operation during the works, stating that the short-term inconvenience will be outweighed by the long-term benefits.