Nenagh residents ‘abandoned’ by Irish Water

People in St Joseph’s Park in Nenagh have been “abandoned” under the service level agreement signed by councils and Irish Water, according to Cllr Seamus Morris.

People in St Joseph’s Park in Nenagh have been “abandoned” under the service level agreement signed by councils and Irish Water, according to Cllr Seamus Morris.

He was comenting at Nenagh Municipal District Council when he raised the issue of who was now responsible for unblocking sewers in the housing estate. Up to now, the town council would flush out any blocked sewers a couple of times per year.

“No cognizance was taken of people living in estates where the sewerage system doesn’t work,” he said.

Cllr Morris also raised the issue of people being billed for water leaks, saying it was his impression Irish Water would look after the first leak repair for free. However, some people had received letters saying Irish Water was not responsible.

“What if someone has no money to fix the leak?” he asked.

Director of services Gerry Robinson said he understood Irish Water was responsible if the leak was outside the property. However, the authority would not go on to private property.