Residents of Kilfenora, Fenit set for a better water supply
23 September 2022
Uisce Éireann, working in partnership with Kerry County Council, is replacing ageing water mains in Kilfenora, Fenit, County Kerry.
The works involve the replacement of approximately 1050 metres of problematic water mains with new modern pipes. The programme to replace the water mains in Kilfenora will commence in late-September. These works are being carried out as part of Uisce Éireann’s National Leakage Reduction Programme and will be carried out on behalf of Uisce Éireann by Kerry County Council. They are expected to be completed in approximately eight weeks ahead of road resurfacing planned by Kerry County Council.
Outlining the benefits the works will bring, Steven Blennerhassett from Uisce Éireann, explained: “The section of works will take place on the R558 Fenit Road. 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 the existing service connections on the public side are lead these will be replaced as part of this improvement work.
“Where watermains are being constructed, traffic management may be in place. Local and emergency traffic will be maintained at all times.” Steven added.
Uisce Éireann’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 Supply and Service Updates section or set your location on our website.
Since 2018, Uisce Éireann 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 Uisce Éireann 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.