Reports have been received from Delvin and Clonmellon that a man purporting to be from Irish Water has been calling to homes, claiming that he is testing drinking water (using a basin!) and requesting access to check the supply. One lady has advised that he was wearing ID around his neck but felt something was amiss and sent him away.

Legitimate callers will ALWAYS have ID and will not mind if steps are taken to validate it – by calling gardai or the company they claim to be representing. In addition, water samples would not be collected in a basin!

Generally, if something does not feel right, it probably isn’t right. None of these companies have an automatic right to access your property so keep them out.

Please remind elderly neighbours of the risks and keep an eye on them just in case.