Ir­ish Wa­ter pipe re­place­ment work be­gins on lo­cal streets

The Kerryman (South Kerry Edition) - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

THE first pneu­matic drill bit bit its way through the sur­face of the streets of Castleis­land on Mon­day morn­ing as an Ir­ish Wa­ter crew be­gan its work on the re­newal of the town’s wa­ter sup­ply pipes.

A sec­tion of Lower Main Street was cor­doned off on Sun­day in prepa­ra­tion for the start-up and the new sup­ply lines are no longer just a ‘pipe’ dream for Castleis­landers.

The first stretch to get the treat­ment is from Flem­ing’s Auc­tion­eers to the Ivy Leaf Cor­ner or from Ho­gan’s to Dave Geaney’s Cor­ner in old money.

The town will be di­vided off like this in four or five sec­tions and each sec­tion will take ap­prox­i­mately a week to com­plete – bar­ring the ubiq­ui­tous, un­fore­seen cir­cum­stances.

An emer­gency wa­ter sup­ply sys­tem has been put in place for busi­nesses along the route of the re­pairs and park­ing is be­ing se­verely re­stricted in the ar­eas un­der the fo­cus of the oper­a­tion.

Lo­cals feel that the up­side of the work be­ing car­ried out now is that it will be all done and dusted by the time the fine weather ar­rives and by sum­mer it will be a dis­tant mem­ory.

Break­downs and leaks have been a con­stant prob­lem through­out the length of Main Street go­ing back years now as the old pip­ing sys­tem grad­u­ally gave way to the power of the ‘new’ sup­ply.

Though the start-up is a year be­hind its an­nounced ‘go-time’ it’s be­ing wel­comed as a pos­i­tive de­vel­op­ment.

There is still a level of in­credulity here that as­bestos pipes re­main in the busi­ness of con­vey­ing wa­ter sup­plies into homes and busi­ness premises lo­cally.

This week’s de­vel­op­ment is be­ing wel­comed as a pos­i­tive step for­ward.

Photo by: John Reidy

The first bite: Ir­ish Wa­ter em­ployee, Gerry Car­roll from Tralee break­ing the sur­face on the new wa­ter pipe re­place­ment job on Castleis­land’s Lower Main Street on Mon­day morn­ing.

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