A Carrick-on-Suir councillor has slammed Irish Water for refusing to take responsibility for maintenance of communal sewer pipes in local private estates as it’s delaying these estates from being “taking in charge” by the local authority.
Independent Cllr Kieran Bourke called on Irish Water to “step up to the mark” and accept responsibility for this sewerage infrastructure as the local authorities did when they were over the country’s water and waste water services.
He issued the call at Carrick-on-Suir Municipal District Council’s latest monthly meeting where he highlighted how the delay in taking estates in charge due to Irish Water’s insistence on only accepting responsibility for “main sewers” was impacting on the ability of residents to sell their homes.
In one case brought to his attention, a solicitor representing the purchaser of a house in a private estate in the Carrick-on-Suir area advised their client not to go ahead with buying the property because the estate hadn’t yet been “taken in charge”.
It was the solicitor’s fear that their client would be left responsible for the upkeep of any services infrastructure around their home if the local council hadn’t taken over responsibility for maintaining this
“I am very frustrated that Irish Water is just not stepping up to the mark when it had absolutely nothing to do with the planning of the estates in the first place.”
The Council’s Director of Planning Services Karl Cashen responded that he understood Cllr Bourke’s frustration.
He said the Council was awaiting a protocol from Irish Water about privately developed water services but in the meantime the Council had to get Irish Water’s approval before taking these estates in charge.
“If we take an estate in charge we are depending on Irish Water to take the water infrastructure in charge. Down the line, we don’t want a situation where Irish Water wouldn’t give its approval for this,” he explained