Tuesday 21 May 2019

Irish Water to tackle issues in Dromahane and Glantane areas

Irish Water is to spend €240,000 replacing old and dilapidated pipes

Bill Browne

The water supply problems that have blighted a north Cork community for more than a decade are set to be consigned to history, with work commencing on a project to replace ageing and dilapidated pipes.

More than 2-years after Irish Water confirmed it had sanctioned a €240,000 scheme to replace 3km of antiquated pipes in the Glantane and Dromahane areas work has finally started on the project - much to the relief of long suffering locals. 

Under the project Irish water will replace the entire supply system from Tullera Cross to Scarragh in Glantane and from Kilcolman to Dromahane.

The existing 75mm standard piping will be replaced by a PVC water-main that will bring an end to the breakages and leaks that have severely curtailed the supply of water to local homes and businesses. 

The issue of water shortages in the area had been highlight on numerous occasions by Cllr John Paul O'Shea (FG), who previously told The Corkman that some local residents have had to live with regular breaks to their water supply for up to 15-years. 

"The local community has been without running water more often than it has had it over recent years," he said. 

Cllr O'Shea's brother, Mallow Fine Gael local election candidate Tony O'Shea said they had been putting pressure on Irish Water to commence the badly needed plan of works. 

"I have been very conscious of the hardship residents in these areas of Dromahane and Glantane have had to endure, particularly over the past 12-months,  with not knowing if they had water in the tap when they got up in the morning, said Mr O'Shea. 

"There is one particular stretch of road where the pipes here are more or less rotting away and needed to be urgently addressed," Mr O'Shea told The Corkman. 

"Confirmation that works have started on their replacement is a very welcome and I am grateful that Irish Water saw the need to invest in this infrastructure here," he added. 

Irish Water said that it is anticipated that the works will take a number of weeks to complete and diversions will be in place while they are ongoing. They water utility apologised for any inconvenience caused by the works and said every effort will be made to minimise disruption.