Works will improve water quality and tackle high levels of leakage

Irish Water, working in partnership with Kerry County Council, is replacing 850 metres of problematic water mains on College Road, Castleisland to improve water quality and tackle high levels of water leakage.

Old cast iron pipes

The old, problematic cast iron pipes are being decommissioned and replaced. All existing services are being transferred to a new plastic watermain. Works will commence today and are expected to be completed by the end of September. The works will commence at the College Road junction with Main Street and proceed to the graveyard (850m length in total).

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.

Leakage Reduction Programme

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 cast iron 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.”

Minimising impact

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. Customers can phone Irish Water on Callsave 1850 278 278 if they have any further questions about the project,” added Steven Blennerhassett.

For more check out our Leakage Reduction Programme page.


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