Estate dug up just months after water meters installed
Published 27/08/2014 | 00:00
WORKMEN are digging up concrete footpaths in a housing estate just two months after water meters were installed.
Residents of a west Dublin suburb have been left furious after parts of their neighbourhood became a construction site for the second time in as many months as water meters are rolled out nationwide.
Construction workers appeared at the Adreevin estate, in Lucan, yesterday and begun to break up concrete that had been laid during the installation of water meters for Irish Water.
Confused locals looked on as digging machinery, trucks and security fences again rolled into the estate, just two months after meters were installed.
Resident Pat Griffin said that the works were again causing disruption in the area and outside people homes.
“Yesterday morning a group arrived and started to paint a yellow letter ‘X’ on around three-quarters of the meters that have been installed.
“Then later, contractors arrived and started digging them up,” he explained.
Mr Griffin said that a neighbour had asked the workmen why the ground was being redone and was told that there was a problem with the concrete.
“It was very strange. They are digging one up outside my house, but not outside my neighbour’s house,” he said.
Construction workers first began to roll into the area to install water meters around two months ago, he said. “They weren’t digging up the meters, just the concrete around them.
“There was nothing to tell us that they were arriving and now there are diggers and trucks all over the place,” he said.
Asked about why the ground around their meters was being dug up, Irish Water said that inspectors visit areas where contractors have installed meters on behalf of the company.
“There are currently some remedial works being undertaken in this area following the installation of water meters earlier this year,” a statement said.
“Irish Water has a strict auditing programme of all works carried out as part of the programme.
“A team of field inspectors carries out frequent audits of contractor reinstatement (of pathways and roads) work,” it added.
The water company said that unless the work to repair paths met specifications outlined by the Department of the Environment, it must be repaired by the contractors at their own cost.
“Irish Water is committed to carrying out these works with the minimum of inconvenience.
“These works may restrict access to driveways and will cause disruption to the public road or footpath which may last for a few days.”
Irish Water said it was “unavoidable”.
But it insisted the firm always tried to “keep disruption to a minimum and ensure that there is safe pedestrian access to and from homes while all work is being carried out”.
The company also said that the contractor and its subcontractors, were both under agreement not to talk publicly to the media about any aspect of their work.