Problematic water mains to be replaced in Lauragh

30 September 2022

Irish Water, working in partnership with Kerry County Council, is to begin replacing ageing water mains in Lauragh County Kerry.

The works involve the replacement of approximately 3km of problematic water mains with new modern pipes. The programme to replace the water mains in Lauragh, Co. Kerry will commence the start of October 2022. These works are being carried out as part of Irish Water’s National Leakage Reduction Programme.  

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

Works will take place in two sections – From An Síbín BnB along the L-4060 Road to the junction North of Josie’s Lakeview House. Further works will take place along a 300metre stretch of Road (L-7609) located opposite the entrance to the Old Limekiln off the main Kenmare to Ardgroom Road (R571).

The works will be carried out on behalf of Irish Water by Ward & Burke Construction and are expected to be completed by the end of December 2022.

Where watermains 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 our 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.