HOUSES around Thurles and Nenagh are being surveyed this week for the installation of water meters. However, householders are being advised that the surveyors do not need to enter any property to carry out their work.
The survey is in advance of all households and commercial propoerties being charged for water. It is expected that the complete survey of all premises will take up to five months when rural areas are added in.
“The there are two teams carrying out the work,” Marcus O’Connor, town manager, told Nenagh town councillors, adding that the workers will have a North Tipperary County Council van and will carry ID.
They will photograph and record the location of roadside stopcocks and these records will be used by the contractor when the work goes out to tender later this year.
“They don’t require access to any premises and won’t be knocking at doors,” he emphasised.
Mr O’Connor also revealed that when the meters are installed, Irish Water will hope to be able to read them electronically and, therefore, old meters may be removed. He stated that if anyone had a shallow connection, that would still remain the householder’s problem. Shallow connections have been blamed for a number of households having frozen pipes during the winter. “The problem is people threw away the frost plug not knowing what they were,” said Mr O’Connor.