Government confirms that homeowners will pay for water meters
The Goverment has confirmed that homeowners will have to pay for their own water meters. The cost of this has yet to be decided by the regulators.
In addition they’re will also be a charge for installation.
Mr Kenny said there would be a cost for the meter itself, which he said would be “multi-functional”.
It has been reported in the local Irish broadsheet that the cost of a water meter could amount to around €300, however Mr Kenny said any reports about the costs of meters were speculative.
Under the EU-IMF deal, water charges must be introduced by the end of 2013.
Irish Water will introduce water metering and take over the running of water services from local authorities.
Minster for the Environment Phil Hogan has said this will create up to 2,000 construction jobs.
Meters will be installed in 1m households over the next two to three years.
A further 300,000 apartments will not have meters and will pay a fixed charge.
Installation of water meters will begin in the next few months.
The Commission for Energy Regulation will regulate services and will be responsible for determining the cost of charges, the free allowance and the framework for levying charges.