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Evelyn Mc Dermott's water meter outside her home in Chestnut Grove in Celbridge where her newly installed water meter appears to have sprung a leak due to the cold spell

Evelyn Mc Dermott's water meter outside her home in Chestnut Grove in Celbridge where her newly installed water meter appears to have sprung a leak due to the cold spell

Evelyn Mc Dermott's water meter outside her home in Chestnut Grove in Celbridge where her newly installed water meter appears to have sprung a leak due to the cold spell

Evelyn Mc Dermott's water meter outside her home in Chestnut Grove in Celbridge where her newly installed water meter appears to have sprung a leak due to the cold spell

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Evelyn Mc Dermott's water meter outside her home in Chestnut Grove in Celbridge where her newly installed water meter appears to have sprung a leak due to the cold spell

Concerns about possible vulnerability of new water meters to pipe-bursts in frosty weather were expressed by a Celbridge resident.

Evelyn McDermott was "very surprised" and "angry" to see water flowing from a manhole yesterday where three water meters were installed last year.

"It's a bad omen for the rest of the meters around the country and how they'll cope with the icy weather," she said.

Severe frost overnight had hit large sections of the country and heavy frost also hit her housing estate at Chestnut Grove in the County Kildare town.

She said the pipe burst at the site of the meter installation gave rise to questions about the quality of the equipment and whether the meters were placed deep enough to protect them from frost.

"I telephoned Irish Water and was told it could take up to 24 hours before it's fixed," she said.

An Irish Water spokesman said that frost plugs have been installed on all water meters. The frost plugs are visible as circular discs placed on top of the meters and they have to be removed temporarily in order to read the meters.

"The frost plugs have been placed on top of each meter. Each meter has been installed at the same depth of the existing pipes or else at a lower level. There are no cases where meters were installed at a higher level than the existing pipes," said the spokesman.

Pipe-bursts have always been a recurring problem for water pipes in cold weather. And in 2011, before any domestic meters were installed, there were burst pipes all over Ireland in the cold weather, he said.

He was not aware yesterday of any other reports of burst pipes relating to water meters, he said.

aokeeffe@herald.ie


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