€250,000 investment in Castleisland water pipes

A 250,000 euro investment in water pipes in Castleisland has been announced by Irish Water.

Irish Water

The money will see old asbestos, cement, cast iron and lead water pipes in the town replaced.

Fine Gael Cllr Bobby O’Connell raised the issue at a recent county council meeting calling for the immediate replacement on Main Street.

The announcement has been welcomed by Fine Gael TD Brendan Griffin, and by Independent TDs Danny Healy Rae and Michael Healy-Rae.

The existing cast iron pipes, laid in the 1930s are severely corroded and difficult to maintain.

Lead services pipes connecting to individual customers will also be replaced.

The project will see the replacement of a total of 700 metres of these old pipes with a 160mm uPVC watermain on Main Street.

These works will be carried out by Kerry County Council next February or March and are expected to take 8 to 10 weeks.

Irish Water says disruption will be kept to a minimum by restricting activity to short and narrow daily work areas which crews will then restore fully before moving onto the next length.