Problematic trunk mains to be replaced in Deerpark, Killarney

06 September 2022

Irish Water is replacing ageing, problematic trunk water mains in Deerpark, Killarney, Co. Kerry to provide a safer and more reliable water supply to the community and reduce high levels of leakage.

The works involve the replacement of approximately 1,200 metres of aged problematic trunk water mains with new modern pipes. The programme to replace the trunk water main located in Deerpark will commence in mid-September. These works are being carried out as part of Irish Water’s National Leakage Reduction Programme with the section of works taking place between Arbutus Grove, Arbutus Drive and Countess Road.

Works will commence adjacent to the rear entrance of Dr. Croke’s GAA pitches on Arbutus Grove, and will proceed along Arbutus Grove and Drive, through the Park Road roundabout where the new pipe will tie into the existing network on Countess Road.  

Outlining the benefits these works will bring to the community, Steven Blennerhassett from Irish Water, explained: 

We are extremely pleased to be replacing this section of trunk main for the community here in Deerpark. Replacing these old and problematic trunk water mains will reduce the drinking water lost by leakage and will bring an all-round improvement to water quality for the community. 

Steven added: “In partnership with Ward and Burke and Kerry County Council, we have been engaging with the residents and aim to complete the works with as little disruption as possible by early December. However, the works may involve some short-term water outages. Our project team will ensure that customers are given a minimum of 48-hours’ notice before any planned water outages.

We continue to make great progress in strengthening the water supply in the Kingdom with work recently completed at Farranfore and we are close to completion of works at Ashill, Lisnataggle and Moriarity’s Cross.

Where water mains are being replaced, traffic management may be in place. Parking spaces may be temporarily closed to complete works. Local and emergency traffic will be maintained at all times.” 

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 Supply and Service Updates section or set your location on our website.

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.