Irish Water, the semi-state company now in charge of water and sewage, have denied that they are digging up and replacing unused meters in Laois.
The company say that only empty meter boxes were previously installed in Laois estates, and these had to be replaced because they had not been buried deep enough.
“Meter boxes had been previously installed at Carriglea housing estate, Killenard, and The Grange in Portlaoise as a condition of planning,” a spokesperson from the company said yesterday, Monday June 9.
“The existing meter boxes were examined and it was not possible to reuse them due to insufficient depth of cover. There were no meters previously installed in these meter boxes.”
This is despite claims by residents in Killenard and in Portlaoise that meters were being dug out and replaced last week.