Call for Irish Water to provide funding to address mid Kerry ‘water crisis’

There’s been a call for Irish Water to provide funding to address the ‘water crisis’ in mid Kerry.

Councillor Michael Cahill raised the issue at the recent Kerry County Council meeting, calling for a detailed report as to why there’s been a surge in water bursts in Killorglin, Beaufort, Milltown, Cromane, Listry and Ballyhar.
Fianna Fáil Councillor Michael Cahill says people in mid Kerry have suffered undue hardship because of regular water outages, and says this has to be brought to an end.

In response, Kerry County Council says they and Irish Water replaced more than 12km of old water mains on the Mid Kerry Regional Water Supply Scheme in recent years at a cost of €2.3 million.

Contract works valued at €500,000 to replace a further 4.5km of water mains are scheduled for this summer.

The council says there have been a number of issues recently with the Breanlee Water Supply Scheme, which resulted in interruptions to the water supply.

Work valued at €900,000 is currently underway to replace 8km of mains from Glencuttane Cross to Ardmoniel and Annadale Bridge.

The council says there have also been recent interruptions to supply in the Beaufort, Listry and Faha areas, and the council has made submissions to Irish Water requesting another €2.33 million to replace 11km of water mains.