Irish Water, in partnership with Kerry County Council is investing €3.5 million to upgrade the water distribution network in mid Kerry. The work includes the replacement of almost 20km of water mains that have been subject to frequent bursts. The water mains replacement work will benefit customers across mid Kerry by significantly improving the security of the water supply, reducing leakage and increasing water pressure to homes and businesses.

In November last year, Irish Water completed the replacement of 4.75km of a trunk water main in Gearha in Kilgobnet, near Killorglin. Further work to replace 2.5km of a 300mm trunk water main is currently taking place in the town. Work will commence shortly on Board of Works Road in Killorglin to replace 0.5km of water main. Later in the year three further projects will take place in Gearha, which include the replacement of 1.55km of water main in Kilgobnet/Meanus Cappagh North and 1.75km in Kilgobnet/Meanus Cappagh South and the replacement of 1.1km of water main from Reen to Ballykissane.

Other projects included in the mid Kerry water main rehabilitation work are the replacement of 0.5km of water main in Faha and 0.45km in Kilcooaght. Irish Water is replacing 3.6km of the Barleymount to Coolbane trunk water main. Also included is the Knockavota Milltown mains rehabilitation work, which includes the replacement of 1km of water main and the Milltown Poulgorm water supply scheme where Irish Water will construct 0.5km of a new water main. The water mains rehabilitation work also includes the replacement of 1.55km of the Breanlee to Shannera water main.
Commenting on the investment in mid Kerry Aisling Buckley, Regional Information Officer with Irish Water said “Irish Water is investing €3.5 million to upgrade almost 20km of water mains right across the mid Kerry region. This investment will ensure customers in the area will have a more reliable and secure water supply. Providing a safe and secure water supply for the communities in mid Kerry is a key objective for Irish Water.” concluded Aisling.

Irish Water invested €340 million in improving water and wastewater services in 2014 and over €363 million during 2015. Irish Water plans to spend €532 million on water services in 2016. Capital investment in the region of €700 million per year is required for a sustained period of several decades to address the acknowledged deficiencies in the country’s water infrastructure. Works have been prioritised to address the most critical issues in line with commitments outlined in Irish Water’s recently published Business Plan. Delivery of the business plan will involve a €5.5bn investment in capital spending on drinking water and wastewater quality and capacity and new infrastructure up to 2021.


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