Replacement of ageing water mains due to begin in Tralee

Irish Water, working in partnership with Kerry County Council, is replacing approximately 800 meters of problematic water mains at Oakpark Road in Tralee to improve water quality, provide a more reliable water supply and reduce high levels of leakage in the area.

These works will commence in late July and are part of Irish Water’s national Leakage Reduction Programme. The works will be carried out by Ward and Burke Ltd., on behalf of Irish Water, and are expected to be complete by late September.

The section of works will take place on Oakpark Road between McElligotts Garage and Cluain Dara. Old, damaged pipes will be replaced with modern, polyethylene (plastic) pipes.

The works will also 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. Where existing service connections on the public side are lead, these will be replaced as part of this improvement work.
This work is being carried out as part of Irish Water’s Leakage Reduction Programme, which will see €500m invested nationally to tackle problematic pipes and leakage in Ireland’s ageing water network.

“Irish Water would like to thank the local community, businesses, homeowners and commuters for their patience and cooperation while we work to deliver this vital water network improvement project in Tralee.” said Steven Blennerhasset, Leakage Reduction Programme Regional Lead, Irish Water.

Replacing the old, damaged pipes will safeguard water supply in the area. The new water mains and service connections will improve water quality and reduce the instances of bursts and water outages.

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. Where water mains are being constructed, traffic management may be in place during this time. Local and emergency traffic will be maintained at all times.

We will work with the community to minimise disruption.” added Steven Blennerhassett.

For more information, please visit National Leakage Reduction Programme section of our website.