Much of the water mains network in Tralee dates back to the 1800s

Works have commenced in Tralee to improve the water supply for residents and businesses by tackling the high levels of water leakage in the town. Irish Water, working in partnership with Kerry County Council is currently replacing almost 3km of problematic water mains in the Kevin Barry Villas, Mitchel’s Road, Garryruth, Hawley Park, O’Rahilly’s Villas, Strand Street and Castle Street areas. The old, damaged pipes will be replaced with modern, polyethylene (plastic) pipes.

Irish Water’s Leakage Reduction Programme will continue in Tralee into 2019, when a further 2.3km of the cast iron water mains will be replaced in the James Street, Canal New Road, Upper Castle Street, Walpole’s Lane, Boherbee, Lower Basin View, Rae Street, Caherina Cottages and Caher Anne Road areas. 

The works will be carried out on behalf of Irish Water by Coffey Northumbrian Ltd.

What is involved?

The works involve the decommissioning of old back yard cast iron water mains and back yard services. New water mains will be constructed along the public road and new service connections will be installed from the new water main to individual properties.

“Much of the water mains network in Tralee dates back to the 1800s. As they get older, cast iron pipes can become severely corroded and have a high level of leakage as well as being subject to frequent bursts, which in turn leads to water discoloration. At present, it is estimated that some two-thirds of the water supplied to Tralee is lost to leaks in the network. By addressing this leakage, Irish Water is aiming to save more than 3 million litres of water every day in the town”, said Steven Blennerhassett, Leakage Reduction Programme, Irish Water. 

“We would like to thank local residents and businesses for their ongoing cooperation as we work together to deliver these improvements for Tralee; and Kerry County Council for their continuing efforts in delivering this challenging programme of works.”

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.

Keeping the community informed 

Customers living in these areas will be contacted directly by Coffey Northumbrian Ltd. to assess their current water connection arrangement and discuss the best way to connect the new service. The first information evening took place last Thursday for residents in the Hawley Park and Boherbee areas. As works progress Irish Water will organise more of these information evenings where residents can come and meet members of the project team directly and raise any queries or issues they may have about the proposed works.

“We will continue to work with the community to minimise disruption. Customers can phone Irish Water on Callsave 1850 278 278 if they have any further questions about the project,” added Steven Blennerhasset

Kerry

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