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Improvement works to commence in Ballymallis, Co. Kerry
The works will commence on Monday 19 October
Irish Water, working in partnership with Kerry County Council, is replacing 1.1 kilometers of problematic water mains in Ballymallis to improve water quality and tackle high levels of water leakage. The old, brittle, problematic pipes are being decommissioned and replaced with new watermains. The works will commence on Monday 19 October and are expected to be completed in seven weeks.
The works are being undertaken off the N72 Killorglin/Killarney road, from the crossroads near Kerry Woolen Mills, Listry to Ballymallis Cross, approximately 1.1km south. The works will 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.
These works are part of Irish Water’s national Leakage Reduction Programme which will see €500m invested nationally to tackle problematic pipes and leakage in Ireland’s ageing water network.
The works will be carried out by Kerry County Council on behalf of Irish Water.
“As they get older, some pipes have a high level of leakage as well as being subject to frequent bursts.” said Steven Blennerhassett, Leakage Reduction Programme Regional Lead, Irish Water.
“Replacing the old, damaged pipes will ensure better water quality and a more reliable water supply. The new water mains and service connections will reduce the instances of bursts and water outages. These improvements to the water network are essential in providing a safe, secure and reliable water supply, now and into the future.”
Areas of work will be limited to short sections to minimise impact and disruption to commuters. Traffic management will be in place during this time. Local access will be maintained, but it is advised that through road users take alternative routes for the duration of the works. Emergency access will be maintained at all times.
The works may involve some short-term water shut offs and the project team will ensure that customers are given a minimum of 48 hours notice prior to any planned water shut offs. “We will work with the community to minimise disruption. Customers can phone Irish Water on 1850 278 278 if they have any further questions about the project,” added Steven Blennerhassett.
For more information, please visit our national Leakage Reduction Programme page.