Action at last as leaking pipes are to be replaced

Over 68 breaks in the past 12 months alone is clear evidence of the scale of the problem

A COMMITMENT has been given that a seriously defective ancient watermain, which is the source of numerous breaks and has caused endless frustration for residents, is to be replaced in the coming weeks.

Irish Water today confirmed that it intends to replace 2,000 meters of old pipes running from Faha National School to Listry Cross where repeated problems have been encountered.

Cllr Brednan Cronin, who has lobbied extensively on the issue, welcomed the move to tackle the worst areas along the Mid Kerry water supply scheme.

He said it was confirmed to him at a recent council meeting that there were over 68 breaks in the past 12 months alone.

“That is clear evidence of the scale of the problem,” he said.

“This pipe replacement is a step in the right direction but it must be followed by further investment to upgrade vulnerable old pipes that deteriorated with age,” Cllr Cronin said.

Irish Water, working in partnership with Kerry County Council, confirmed today that it is replacing problematic water mains in Cordal, Listry, Portmagee and Ceann Trá to provide more reliable water supplies and to tackle high levels of leakage in these areas.

The old, problematic pipes are being decommissioned and replaced and works will commence in each area in early November and are expected to be complete by mid-December.

Cllr Brendan Cronin: Lobbied extensively on the issue

In Listry, the works will take place along the Milltown to Aghadoe Road (R563) commencing at Faha National School and continuing 2km north to the junction heading west towards Listry Church.

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.

The works are part of Irish Water’s national leakage reduction programme which will see €500m million invested nationally and Kerry County Council crews will deliver the project on behalf of Irish Water.

Areas of work will be limited to short sections to minimise impact and disruption to commuters and traffic management will be in place during this time.

Some short-term water shut-offs may be required and the project team will ensure that customers are given a minimum of 48 hours’ notice prior to any planned supply stoppages.