Irish Water has announced it’s finally starting work on a €7 million upgrade of sewage treatment and water supply systems in Bandon, Co Cork.
The company made the announcement yesterday, saying the upgrade will aid security of water supply, improve pressure and reduce leakage.
The upgrade of the sewerage network will increase flow capacity, reduce discharges to the Bandon River and aid in alleviating sewer flooding which hit the town recently.
Both systems will also allow for further development in the town and should be completed in two years’ time.
The project will involve the replacement of approximately 5.1km of water mains pipes which are in poor condition with high levels of leakage.
An additional 2.5km of trunk water mains will be installed in order to increase network capacity.
A further 5km of existing sewers will be upgraded at various locations throughout the town.
Irish Water spokesman Mark O’Duffy said that by delivering water and wastewater services in one project, it will reduce the impact of the works on the local community, deliver the projects in a shorter timescale and generate overall cost savings.
He said site investigation works are the first important step in enabling design of the route for water and waste water rehabilitation work, and it is anticipated that a construction works contractor will be appointed in the second half of 2017.
The site investigation work will take place at various locations around Bandon where water mains and sewers will be installed or replaced, and Irish Water expects these works to be complete by October.
The work will be carried out by IGSL Ltd (Ground Investigation and Geotechnical Specialists) working on behalf of Irish Water.
Mr O’Duffy said site investigation works will involve small trial hole excavations, slit trenches and borehole drilling. This work will also assist in the identification of any archaeological sites of interest.
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