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Waterford News 30 March 1900

The New Waterworks at Lismore

The construction of the new reservoir for these works is now rapidly approaching completion, and in the near future the inhabitants of Lismore can enjoy the immense benefit of a copious and high-pressure water supply. It appears the engineering operations involved in this undertaking have proved of a most difficult character, but we are glad to learn that the almost insurmountable obstacles that beset the engineer in the execution of the work have at length been overcome by the work and perseverance with which the operations were pushed.

In fact, our representative informs us that all through the recent severe winter everything was urged ahead with ceaseless energy. Huge excavations were necessary to cope with the great subterranean springs discovered in the rocks…which at one time threatened to be fatal to the entire scheme, while throughout the long winter nights the valley was lit up with the glare of furnaces, and the stillness of the mountainside was broken by the unending rattle of powerful steam pumps and other machinery. The site of the works is at a valley on the lower slopes of the Knockmealdown Mountains, some two and a half miles from Lismore and the utilization of an ancient road embankment crossing the valley, for a reservoir dam, was pronounced by high authorities to be a daring and difficult experiment entailing as it did works of a peculiarly novel description in order that it might be made watertight and safe. The daring experiment, however, has fortunately been justified by its success. Even a brief description of the various works at the reservoir and throughout the catchment basin would require an intimate knowledge of the engineering aspect of the case. His Grace the Duke of Devonshire, with great munificence, has spent thousands of pounds on this work, thereby giving much needed employment in the locality, and we congratulate the engineer (Mr. Scully, Waterford), who, so ably designed and successfully carried out this important and difficult undertaking.   

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