28 February 2020 Go back to News
Replacement of ageing water mains at O’Rahilly’s Villas and Rae Street, Tralee
Part of Leakage Reduction Programme
Irish Water, working in partnership with Kerry County Council, is replacing over 660 meters of problematic water mains to tackle the high levels of water leakage in O’Rahilly’s Villas and Rae Street and improve the reliability of water supply in these areas.
These works will commence this week (from 2 March) and are part of Irish Water’s national Leakage Reduction Programme. The works will be carried out by Kerry County Council on behalf of Irish Water, and will take 8 weeks.
Diversion will be in place via Rae Street, Strand Street and Basin Road
The initial section of works will take place on Lower Basin View and O’Rahilly’s Villas. For the duration of these works, a diversion will be in place via Rae Street, Strand Street and Basin Road. This section of works is expected to be complete in 5 weeks and will require a road closure.
Following completion of the works on Lower Basin View and O’Rahilly’s Villas, a new road surface is to be laid in this area. Water mains rehabilitation works will stop to allow for the road resurfacing works to be completed, in order to facilitate diverted traffic. Works will then continue on Rae Street when the road resurfacing works are completed at Lower Basin View and O’Rahilly’s Villas.
Road closure required
For the duration of works on Rae Street, a diversion will be in place via O’Rahilly’s Villas, Strand Street and Basin Road. This section of works is expected to be completed in 3 weeks and will require a road closure.
All of the works will involve replacing old, damaged pipes which 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.
Safeguarding the water supply in the area
“Irish Water would like to thank the local community, businesses, homeowners and commuters for their patience and cooperation while we continue 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 reduce the instances of bursts and water outages.These improvements to the water network are essential in providing a safe, secure and reliable water supply, now and into the future. We are working closely with our partners, Kerry County Council, to complete this section of works before road resurfacing works commence along Lower Basin View and O’Rahilly’s Villas.”
Works may involve some short-term water shut offs
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 continue to work with the community to minimise disruption. Customers can phone Irish Water on 1850 278 278 with any questions about the project.
For more information, please visit National Leakage Reduction Programme page.