Saturday, 21 April 2012

300,000 homes won’t have meters


ESTIMATES FROM THE Department of the Environment show that just 300,000 homes will not be fitted with water meters during the initial installation phase this year.

The figure is in stark contrast to those cited by a Dublin City Council manager on the front page of today’s Irish Times. Tom Leahy told the newspaper that one-third of Dublin homes liable for water charges are not suitable for meters and that those numbers will be reflected across other areas of Ireland.

That would mean over half a million households would be subject to a standing charge, leaving the Government open to criticism that the measures will not help reduce water wastage.

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