Removing 700 metres of problematic water mains

Irish Water, working in partnership with Kerry County Council, is removing 700 metres of problematic water mains on Racecourse Road, Tralee to improve water quality and tackle high levels of water leakage.

Works expected to be completed in six weeks

The old, corroded cast iron pipes are being decommissioned and services are being transferred to a newer watermain. Works on Racecourse Road commenced this week and are expected to be completed in six weeks. The works commenced at the eastern end of Racecourse Road, beginning at Clash Road.

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. Most of the existing service connections on the public side are lead and these will be replaced as part of this improvement work.

Part of our Leakage Reduction Programme

These works are part of our 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 Coffey Northumbrian Ltd. in partnership with Kerry County Council on our behalf.

Steven Blennerhassett, Leakage Reduction Programme Regional Lead

“As they get older, some pipes have a high level of leakage as well as being subject to frequent bursts.” 

“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.”

Traffic management will be in place during works

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.

Possible short-term water shut offs

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.

More information

For more information, please visit our National Leakage Reduction Programme page.

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