A more reliable water supply in the pipeline for Clash Road, Tralee

04 November 2022

Irish Water, working in partnership with Kerry County Council, is to begin replacing ageing water mains prone to bursts on the Clash Road, in Tralee in Kerry.

The works involve the replacement of approximately 1000m of problematic water mains with new modern pipes. The programme to replace the water mains in Clash Road, Tralee, Co. Kerry will commence in early November 2022 and will be carried out on behalf of Irish Water by Ward and Burke Construction and are expected to be completed by the end of December 2022. These works are being carried out as part of Irish Water’s National Leakage Reduction Programme.

The project will provide the local community with a safe and more reliable water supply for generations to come while also reducing the high leakage levels and unplanned outages when bursts occurred on the old water mains. 

Outlining the logistics of the works, Steven Blennerhassett from Irish Water, explained: 

The section of works will take place along Clash Road. The works will also involve laying new water service connections from the public water main in the road to customers’ property boundaries and connecting it to the customers’ water supply. Where the existing service connections on the public side are lead these will be replaced as part of this improvement work.

Where water mains are being constructed, traffic management may be in place. Local and emergency traffic will be maintained at all times, with local diversions in place where necessary.” Steven added.

Irish Water’s customer care helpline is open 24/7 on 1800 278 278 and customers can also contact us on Twitter @IWCare with any queries. For updates please visit the Water Supply Updates section or set your location on our website.

Since 2018, Irish Water has invested over €500 million to upgrade the underground water network across the country through the delivery of the Leakage Reduction Programme. We are investing a further €600 million up to the end of 2024 - fixing leaks and replacing pipes to provide a more reliable water supply. This project is one example of how Irish Water is working in partnership with Local Authorities to reduce leakage and provide a more reliable water supply.  Fixing leaks can be complicated but we are making progress. In 2018 the rate of leakage nationally was 46%, by the end of 2021 it was 38%. We are on track to achieve a national leakage rate of 25% by the end of 2030.