Cork based Fine Gael Senator, Tim Lombard, wishes to update residents of Rosscarbery in relation to Irish Water’s plans to solve the water disruption issue in their locality.
“I have been communicating with residents of Rosscarbery who have had to contend with significant disruptions to their water supply the last year. The supply was not available on approximately 6-8 separate occasions during 2016 and on three separate instances between the 12th and 16th of January this year. This is totally unacceptable.
“These reoccurring disruptions are understandably causing a lot of frustration for the residents of Rosscarbery and cannot continue. Water is a necessary resource and a regular, reliable supply must be acquired as soon as possible.
“The cause of the disruptions has been identified as a significant amount of old asbestos pipes between Clonakilty and Rosscarbery which supply the local water. It is necessary to replace these old pipes in order to reconstruct the local water infrastructure.
“Irish Water have today confirmed to me that they have approved funding for extensive mains replacement for this area which will resolve the highlighted issue. At this point in time Irish Water was unable to confirm a specific timeline for when the works will be undertaken, but it is expected that they will commence in late 2017.
“Unfortunately for the residents of Rosscarbery, any project of this scale takes time for proper planning and preparation to be executed. I cannot imagine the frustrations of the people affected by this issue and I want to reassure them that I will continue to communicate with Irish Water as to ensure that this project is a priority and the issue is resolved as soon as possible.