12 January 2017 Go back to News
€900,000 investment approved to replace 7.5km of aging and defective watermains in Killorglin area
Irish Water customers in the Killorglin area are set to benefit from a more secure and reliable water supply following approval for funding to replace 7.5km of old water mains in the area.
This work is necessary due to the poor state of the water mains infrastructure, parts of which are up to 70 years old. There have been numerous bursts on this section of watermain which serves Killorglin from the Breanlee Water Treatment Plant.
This latest investment is part of Irish Water’s ongoing commitment to upgrading the water supply infrastructure throughout Co Kerry. To date, over €14 million has been invested to replace over 100km of aging or defective water mains, leading to a significant reduction in water supply interruptions and a more secure and reliable service for customers throughout the county. This work included the €1.9 million Killorglin Trunk Main project which involved the replacement of 7.25km of trunk water mains between Gearha Crossroads and the River Laune.
In addition to this, we are currently working on the €30 million Kerry Central Regional Water Supply Scheme which will see a new water treatment plant constructed in Lough Guitane to serve a population of over 60,000 people in mid-Kerry.
Funding of €4.5 million has also been approved to upgrade the Water Treatment Plant in Kenmare which serves a population of more than 2,000 people.
Paul Cremin, Capital Programmes Regional Lead with Irish Water, commented: “Since its establishment, Irish Water has invested over €14 million in replacing aging and defective water mains in Kerry. Now we are pleased to confirm that €900,000 has been approved to replace 7.5kms of water mains serving customers in Killorglin. Some sections of this pipe date from the 1940s and are in a very poor condition. As a result, customers in the area have experienced numerous bursts in recent months. This work will ensure that those customers can enjoy a secure and reliable water supply. Works are due to get underway very shortly and we expect them to be completed by the second half of 2017.”
We apologise to customers for any inconvenience caused as a result of supply interruptions in the area in recent months. For more information about Irish Water's ongoing projects across the country, please visit our Projects and Plans page.