A Listowel councillor is looking for an immediate meeting with Irish Water, to discuss the proposed digging up of a newly-surfaced street in Listowel, to facilitate repair works to water pipes.
Cllr Jimmy Moloney questioned the wisdom of this course of action at the recent monthly meeting of the Listowel Municipal District.
Cllr Moloney told the meeting that constant breaks to the water pipes at Upper Church Street, Listowel was causing major problems for business people.
He said water pipes had burst at the street on three occasions over an 18-month period, adding that they were extremely lucky it didn’t happen during a large event in the town, like Listowel Races.
A substantial amount of money is due to be spent later this year upgrading the street by Kerry County Council – yet it will have to be dug up again in the near future, when Irish Water gets around to carrying out the much-needed repairs to water pipes.
The meeting heard that Irish Water has no plans to carry out work on Upper Church street in 2020, but that €250,000 is available for Irish Water repair works in the town.
Cllr Moloney described what’s being proposed, as ‘throwing good money after bad’, adding that the council needs to meet with Irish Water, before the road works start.