Sandyvale residents demand halt to water meter installation

Tue, Oct 06, 2015

Sandyvale Residents protest against the installation of water meters in their area.

Residents in Sandyvale Lawn are up in arms over the perceived failure of Irish Water to take heed of a report by the Galway City Council on the nature of the area's pipe network, and to inform its workers of the potential dangers when installing water meters in what is a wetland area.

Concerns over health and safety and demands that a "proper analysis" of the pipe network in Sandyvale Lawn, off the Headford Road, have led to Sinn Féin city councillor Mairéad Farrell demanding that Irish Water cease all work in Sandyvale Lawn, which began on Monday morning. The call has been echoed by local residents, who have requested that the Health and Safety Authority demand the works be stopped.

Sandyvale Estate was built on wetlands, and this required that the original pipe network be laid in a way that criss-crosses the entire area. There are concerns by residents that the work needed to install the meters could result in damage to the complex system of pipes. However, it appears that the workers who were to install the meters were not informed about the nature of the area's piping system.


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