12 February 2018 Go back to News
Tackling high levels of leakage in Tralee to save over 3 million litres of water per day
Part of Irish Water’s national Leakage Reduction Programme
Irish Water, working in partnership with Kerry County Council, will this month begin a project to improve the water supply for residents and businesses in Tralee by tackling the high levels of leakage in the town.
At present, it is estimated that some two-thirds of the water supplied to Tralee is lost to leaks in the network. By addressing this leakage through its Find and Fix programme, Irish Water is aiming to save more than 3 million litres of water every day in the town by the end of this year. This is water which is supplied from Lough Guitane near Killarney, involving a high cost to treat and pump the water to Tralee.
First Fix Free scheme
In total, Irish Water is investing over €5m in Tralee this year under its capital investment programme. In addition to Find and Fix, this will also include watermains rehabilitation, lead service replacement and the First Fix scheme.
As part of this programme Irish Water is also planning to replace 8km of watermain in the town this year, along with 800 lead service connections. Much of the watermains network in Tralee is made up of old cast iron mains, some dating back to the 1800s. As they get older, cast iron pipes can become severely corroded and have a high level of leakage as well as being subject to frequent bursts, which in turn leads to water discoloration. This project will benefit local residents by providing them with a more secure and reliable supply. Removing old cast iron and lead pipes from the public water network and replacing them with new ductile iron and plastic (polyethylene) pipes will also reduce the risk of contamination, helping to protect customers’ health.
This project forms part of Irish Water’s national Leakage Reduction Programme which will see over €500 million invested over the next four years to reduce leakage and improve water supplies.
A more secure and reliable supply
Steven Blennerhassett, Water Network Programme, commented “Replacing these old water mains and tackling the very high levels of leakage in Tralee will lead to a major improvement in the water supply for our customers in the area. Not only will it result in a more secure and reliable supply, it will also lead to big savings in the cost of providing treated water to the town. These savings can in turn be used to fund further improvements in the water supply network.
With the new €30m water treatment plant in Lough Guitane due to be completed this summer, this is an essential part of Irish Water’s commitment to providing the people of Tralee with a modern, safe and efficient water supply network.
I would like to thank Kerry County Council for their continuing efforts in delivering this challenging programme of works.”
The work will be carried out by Kerry County Council and by Coffey Northumbrian on behalf of Irish Water.
Irish Water would like to apologise in advance for any inconvenience as a result of this essential work. Details of work in the area will be updated regularly on the Water Supply Updates or via our customer care line at 1850 278 278, open 24/7.
Customers can help tackle leakage on their own property through the First Fix programme. Irish Water will write to householders whose domestic meter is recording excessively high flow to offer a free leak investigation. They may then avail of a free repair of the leak if one is identified on the external supply pipe.
Report a Leak
Members of the public can report a leak in public property such as footpaths, roads and communal areas using our Report a Leak form or by calling 1850 278 278.