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Works begin to improve water supply in Listowel
Irish Water, working in partnership with Kerry County Council, is replacing over 850 metres of problematic water mains on Main Street and Bridge Street in Listowel to provide a more reliable water supply and tackle high levels of leakage.
The old, problematic asbestos pipes are being decommissioned and replaced. All existing services are being transferred to a new plastic watermain. Works will commence on Monday and are expected to be completed in early December. The works will take place from the junction of The Square and Main Street along Bridge Road to the junction of Bridge Road and The Garden of Europe.
The works will 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.
These works are part of Irish Water’s national Leakage Reduction Programme which will see €500m invested nationally to tackle problematic pipes and leakage in Ireland’s ageing water network.
The works will be carried out by Kerry County Council on behalf of Irish Water.
“As they get older, some pipes have a high level of leakage as well as being subject to frequent bursts.” said Steven Blennerhassett, Leakage Reduction Programme Regional Lead, Irish Water.
“Replacing the old, damaged pipes will ensure better water quality and a more reliable water supply. 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.”
Areas of work will be limited to short sections to minimise impact and disruption to commuters. Traffic management will be in place during this time. Local and emergency traffic will be maintained at all times.
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.
“We will continue to work with the community to minimise disruption,” added Steven Blennerhassett.
For more information, please visit our National Leakage Reduction Programme section.