Saturday 25 October 2014

Paths dug up for second time in meter blunder

Published 27/08/2014 | 11:58

The water meters were installed months ago

WORKMEN are digging up concrete footpaths in an estate - just two months after water meters were installed.

Residents of the west-Dublin suburb have been left furious after parts of their neighbourhood became a construction site for the second time in as many months.

Construction workers appeared at the Adreevin estate, Lucan, yesterday and began to break up concrete that had been laid during the installation of water meters.

Confused locals looked on as digging machinery, trucks and security fences again rolled into the estate.

Local man Pat Griffin told the Herald that the works were again causing disruption in the area, outside people's 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 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.

"This is unavoidable but we always try 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 statement added.

The company also said that the contractor and its subcontracts, were both under agreement not to talk publicly to the media about any aspect of their work.

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