Irish Water has apologised to the residents of Dara Park for any disruption caused during last week’s installation of water meters.
Residents complained after damage was done to two green areas in the estate during the installation of the meters which commenced last week and will continue until mid February.
“Irish Water apologies for any inconvenience caused,” said Communications Manager Noel Shannon. “
“The weather conditions made the installation all the more difficult.”
Residents grew concerned after damage was carried out on the green area in a bid to access the stopcocks for the meters, which are all situated in the front of the houses in Dara Park.
The work is being contracted out to GMC Sierra by Irish Water for all of the installations in Kildare.
“They dug up the greens,” said local Cllr Paddy Kennedy. “They damaged them really badly with the digger. They gave an agreement to stop and not go through the greens but on Friday Irish Water told them to go ahead and not to listen to the concerns of the residents as they had time limits to meet. They said that the contractor will come back and put the greens back to way they found them but I’m not sure if I can believe that now. They have started putting timber down now but it still affecting the greens.”
Irish Water said in response that GMC Sierra, who have secured the contract for the midlands as part of the €539 million nationwide water meter installation, will rehabilitate any of the green areas that have been damaged.
“What we got from the contractor was an undertaking in writing to rehabilitate any of the green areas in Dara Park that had been destroyed by meter work,” said Mr Shannon. “Also they will put timber down in future.”