Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government, Phil Hogan has approved Kilkenny Co Council’s proposals to carry out extensive water mains rehabilitation works at four locations throughout the county at a total estimated cost of €2.367 million.
The Minister explained that these contracts have been approved in advance of Kilkenny’s county wide mains rehabilitation strategy and are designed to target four of the poorest sections of water mains in the county.
“Each of the targeted sections has a very poor history of bursts and ongoing leakage. These leaks and bursts have resulted in serious disruption to consumers and substantial repair and lost water costs to Kilkenny Co Council”, said Minister Hogan.
Under the approved scheme, it is proposed to replace four sections of mains in:
Ullid, Kilmacow, which serves Ullid and Rathcurby.
Ballynabooley, Clogga and the Tubrid reservoir, which in turn feeds the Tennyslee and Fiddown areas.
Tibberaghny Road in Piltown.
Station Road in Thomastown.
The total cost of the replacement is estimated to be €2.367 million and will be 90% funded from central funds with 10% funding coming from Kilkenny County Council’s own resources.
The works which are scheduled to proceed to construction in 2012 represent a further welcome advancement in the Council’s ongoing water conservation programme, which since its commencement in 2007, has seen a countywide reduction of 15% in the volume of water required to be produced.