Sinn Féin TD Darren O’Rourke says Irish Water are failing the people and businesses of Ratoath. He made the comments following the most recent, day long, water outage on Sunday. It was the second outage in little more than 2 weeks and was due to a burst water main. Deputy O’Rourke said the company must now ensure minimum service standards for the town until such time as planned upgrades are complete
He told Meath Live. “Water outages appear to be happening more frequently now in Ratoath. Sunday’s was the second in little over 2 weeks and it is incredibly frustrating for residents and businesses.
“Residents welcome the fact that there is a commitment to replace the trunk main and build a new reservoir at Windmill Hill but that work is still some way off. In the meantime there is more and more residential development in the town, more pressure on the system, and more outages.
“The outages are a huge inconvenience for businesses and for households, particularly so for households with children and for those who are medically vulnerable.
“I am in constant contact with Irish Water and Meath County Council on this matter but progress is painfully slow. I intend to raise it with the Minister in the Dáil this week. The Government have a clear responsibility here also.
“In my opinion, Irish Water are failing in their obligation to the people of Ratoath. The Government are too. It is not good enough. Future plans are welcome but they need to be expedited. In the meantime, Irish Water need to provide a minimum level of service to the people of Ratoath. The current level of outages is unacceptable.”