Discussions are currently under way between Clonakilty Chamber of Commerce and representatives of the NRA and Cork County Council in an effort to minimise disruption, especially for local businesses.
In order to help them it has been agreed that works will be halted during the busy Christmas period.
However, local TD Jim Daly has acknowledged that there will nonetheless be some “pain before the gain.”
The works will include the resurfacing of Pearse St, Ashe St, and Wolfe Tone St and separate surface drainage pipework to remove storm waters from the current combined network.
The existing 40-year-old water main, which currently serves up to 170 businesses and 120 residential units in the town and is the main artery for the town’s water supply, will be replaced and upgraded to facilitate increased capacity.
“The existing water main will be replaced with a larger 300mm ductile iron pipe. This will increase flow capacities and will facilitate further development to the west of the town where lands are zoned for industrial and commercial use as well as the extension to Clonakilty Community College,” the TD said.
There are usually two or three leaks along this section of the watermain in the town centre every year.
He said the works will complement other projects already taking place in Clonakilty.
As well as improved flood prevention measures, the works would also help to address the ongoing issue of a foul smell in the town during busy periods.
“The separation of the water and sewer collection systems will ease the pressure on the pumping station at Long Quay which is currently being upgraded along with the construction of a 1200 cubic metre storm holding tank at Croppy Park. These measures will add greatly to reducing the threat of flooding that has plagued the town centre in recent years,” Mr Daly said.
He acknowledged that the developments will come at a “big price” to the businesses and residents who will have to endure major disruption up to June 2015.
“My aim is to work closely with the NRA, Cork County Council and the local businesses and residents to see that these very necessary works are carried out within the shortest time frame and ensure that we can all look forward to presenting a new look town centre in Clonakilty ahead of next year’s tourist season,” Mr Daly said.