Irish Water has given a commitment to spend €250,000 to replace asbestos and faulty water mains along Castleisland’s Main Street and back along the Tralee Road – and the work is to begin on Monday, February 12th.
An email from Cllr. Bobby O’Connell states that he has confirmed with Kerry County Council engineer Colm Mangan that the pipe laying on Main Street is due to begin.
Problematic for years now with breakdowns and leaks happening with tormenting regularity and resulting in disruption to the supply in the locality.
Behind Start up Date
It is now a full 12 months behind its initial announced start up time and plans for 2017.
At the time, the announcement was welcomed by politicians, Danny and Maura Healy Rae (Ind) and Cllr. Bobby O’Connell (FG) and Cllr. Niall Kelleher. (FF).
Up to 700 metres of replacement pipes will be laid in the course of the work which is now due to get under way from the date above.
Difficult to Believe
People find it difficult to believe that asbestos pipes still convey water supplies into homes and business premises locally.
There may be the pain of watching the streets and footpaths being torn up yet again in the name of progress.
But this is definitely in a good cause for now and for generations to come.
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