Kerry County Council confirmed it carried out 100 repairs to public mains in the regional scheme covering Killorglin, Milltown, Beaufort, and large rural districts, over an 18-month period up to July last.
Calling for the replacement of the antiquated water supply pipe network, local councillor Michael Cahill said problems were arising almost on a daily basis in the past couple of years. “It’s been an absolute nightmare for households and businesses.”
He said if there was a major breakdown during Puck Fair, an annual festival in Killorglin, it would be a disaster for guesthouses, bars, and restaurants. “I’m aware of one business which had 180 people sitting down to a meal and not a drop of water to make a cup of tea or wash a plate,” he said.
Mr Cahill also called for the planned installation of water metres to homes to be postponed until a proper water infrastructure was in place.
A council spokesman said seven separate pipelines, measuring 8,000m in mid-Kerry had been approved for replacement by the Department of the Environment. Work was scheduled to start in 2013 at a cost of €1.2m.
The council has also made a number of submissions to the department for the replacement of 67 water mains around the county, with a total length of 57km. The estimated cost of the work is €12.7m.