Irish homes to get water meters next year
Water meters were described as a 'dual taxation' by protestors outside Croke Park where Minister for the Environment Phil Hogan was speaking at the National Water Metering Summit today.
The Minister stated that the roll out of water meters to homes across Ireland will begin within the year.
Mr Hogan told the summit that consultants are being appointed to examine how the new national water company will operate. They will report back by October and the establishment of the new national water company will follow. The metering programme is scheduled to get under way early in 2012.
The Minister insisted 'it was not merely a taxing measure' but a system that would protect a 'finite resource'. Mr. Hogan added that it would also offer employment potential and said that metering meant that people would only pay for what they use.