The works began on Monday.

Works ongoing on city centre streets

Works will be taking place for the next 14 weeks along several streets in Cork city.

The works to replace 740m of water mains on Leitrim Street, Pine Street (north), Coburg Street, Devonshire Street (west), as well as along the N20 (south of Devonshire Street) to Camden Quay began on Monday.

Irish Water is collaborating closely with Cork City Council to ensure that these upgrades are delivered prior to the next phase of urban renewal works under the Cork City Centre Movement Strategy.

Irish Water said the new mains will reduce instances of bursts and water outages and ensure a reliable supply of water. The new mains and service connections will eliminate existing leaks and reduce the amount of clean drinking water lost into the ground.

COFTEC Ltd will deliver these works on behalf of Irish Water, working in partnership with Cork City Council.

Irish Water’s project manager Steven Blennerhassett said: “It is a key priority for Irish Water to reduce this leakage by fixing and replacing ageing and leaking pipes and significant progress is being made. This will ensure a safe, reliable water supply which is vital for our health, our environment and our growing population and economy.”

To complete works safely and efficiently, temporary road closures will be required at Leitrim St (north), Pine St and Devonshire St for eastbound traffic only. Traffic signage will be in place to notify road users of the works and to notify them in advance of road closures.