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Sunday 30 April 2017

Dummies guide to... Meters

Bulk metering will be installed for multi-unit developments such as apartment blocks. Stock picture
Bulk metering will be installed for multi-unit developments such as apartment blocks. Stock picture
Kevin Doyle

Kevin Doyle

Given the controversy over the metering programme, it might surprise some people to learn that 58pc of the country's 1.52 million households already have meters.

Some of the most contentious debates at the water committee related to whether the Irish Water metering programme will continue.

It will not - but building regulations are to be changed in order to force developers to install meters outside all newly built houses and dwellings that undergo substantial refurbishment.

The report says meters should be in place "so that the amount of household water consumption is clear to users and as a means of effective leak detection and conservation".

Bulk metering will be installed for multi-unit developments such as apartment blocks.

The Government will also consider how best to incentivise voluntary take-up of meters.

Irish Independent

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