Beaufort Water Mains Replacement

Leakage Reduction Programme

Irish Water in partnership with Kerry County Council is replacing problematic water mains on the Board of Works Road, Beaufort, Co. Kerry to provide a more reliable water supply and reduce high levels of leakage.

The works involve the replacement of a further 1.2 kilometres of problematic asbestos cement water mains with new modern polyethylene (plastic) and ductile iron pipes. The programme to replace the water mains on the Board of Works road will commence in mid-July. These works are being carried out as part of Irish Water’s National Leakage Reduction Programme.

The works will take place on a section of the road between the Gap Cross and Kissane’s.

The works will also 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.

The works will be carried out by Kerry County Council on behalf of Irish Water and this phase of the works are expected to be completed by early September.

In Progress
Leakage Reduction


The benefits of the leakage reduction works include:

  • Reliable Water Supply – Replacement of water mains and service connections will reduce the instances of bursts and water outages and will ensure a reliable supply of water to customers and local businesses in the area.
  • Reduced Leaks – Replacement of water mains and service connections will eliminate existing leaks and reduce the amount of clean drinking water lost into the ground.
  • Improved Operation and Maintenance – These works will deliver efficiencies including cost savings by providing improved water network operation that will require less maintenance in the future.

Traffic Management

In order to complete this work safely and efficiently a temporary road closure from Kissane’s shop to the Gap of Dunloe cross is required. Recommended diversions will be signposted on approach. Local access will be maintained throughout the works.

Will customers be affected by the works?

Areas of work will be limited to short sections to minimise impact on customers. 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 understand that this type of work can be inconvenient and works crews will make every effort to minimise any disruption these necessary works cause.

More information

For further information you can contact the Project Team at