Significant investment of €100,000 to replace old water mains

Irish Water has completed work to replace 400 metres of old water mains along the N72 near the Liebig factory in Killorglin. This investment of €100,000 will result in a much improved water supply for people living in the area.

This work was necessary due to the age and poor condition of the existing mains which had resulted in frequent bursts in the past year, leading to poor water pressure and supply disruptions for customers.

It brings to almost €4 million the amount of money invested by Irish Water to replace aging water mains in the Mid-Kerry area.

The work got underway last Monday and was completed on schedule by Friday. It was largely carried out at night, from 8pm to 7am, to minimise disruption to road users and people living in the area.

Paul Cremin, Irish Water’s Capital Programmes Regional Lead, commented “This work was essential in order to replace a water main that was in very poor condition. This section of pipe had burst ten times already in 2017, leading to loss of water supply or reduced pressure for people living in the area. As a result of the completion of this work, local residents and businesses will enjoy a much more secure and reliable water supply.

Irish Water and Kerry County Council have been extremely active in recent years in replacing the old and sub-standard water mains on the Mid Kerry Regional Water Supply Scheme. In 2014, 2015 and 2016 more than 12km of mains were replaced on the Mid-Kerry scheme, at a cost of €2.3 million. Funding of over €900,000 was announced earlier this year to replace 7.5km of old water mains in the Killorglin area, where works are nearing completion.  Additional works valued at approximately €500,000 to replace a further 4.5km water mains on the Mid Kerry Scheme are scheduled for later this year.”


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