first_imgIrish Water will not install water meters on the Churchill Group Scheme until such time as it is taken over by Donegal County Council, according to villagers.A water meter.Meter installers had already arrived the Pines Estate at Churchill last week to begin their work and despite no objections being raised they departed soon afterwards.The Tirconail Tribune reports it took place after what is being described as ‘updated information’. Preparations had just got under way to begin the installation of meters when the workmen suddenly packed up and left.This has led to speculation that Irish Water had overstepped their remit with claims they had no legal rights to carry out any works on this scheme.This point has been made vehemently on a number of occasions by Cllr. Ian McGarvey who has contended that the new utility company did not have any legal right to acquire group schemes not in the full possession of Donegal County Council.This latest move also raises very fundamental questions about who has responsibility for upgrading group schemes. Cllr. McGarvey again has claimed that it is the sole responsibility of the Council to find the finances to bring these systems up to EPA standards. In that context he’s also argued that consumers on some group schemes may not see any improvements in the next ten years.It is now claimed that Irish Water’s decision to abandon their plans in Churchill came after intervention by the Council.‘There seemed to be a flurry of activity before the contractors packed up and left without a single meter installed – much to our delight, ’ said one local resident from the scene.Local householders who’d been monitoring the situation at first hand said they were mystified at the swiftness of the departure of the contractors, as they were by their arrival. However we’ve been told that consumers on the scheme had already been informed of the meter installation some time previously.Irish Water had said they were installing water meters in Donegal in line with the information initially provided by Donegal County Council which included Group Water Schemes taken in charge by the Council and ones in the process of being taken in charge. “Churchill is one such scheme in the latter category. As work was commencing in Churchill on Tuesday 10th of March 2015, Donegal County Council advised Irish Water that it should not be metered at this point in time. Irish water have updated our systems accordingly,” said a spokesperson for the water utility company.Cllr. James McDaid said that as recent as two months ago he was informed in wiring by Irish Water that regardless of the status of the supply the metering process would go ahead. He says he was also informed that it was perfectly legal for these schemes to be connected to the system and as such there was no plan to exclude Churchill or any such group scheme not yet taken over by Donegal County Council.It is not now clear what might happen next on the Churchill scheme or on many others of similar nature in Donegal.IRISH WATER HALTS METER INSTALLATION IN CHURCHILL OVER COUNCIL ISSUE was last modified: March 19th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:ChurchillDonegal County CouncilIrish Waterlast_img

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