Farmers facing flat rate domestic water charges charges
€160 and €260 tariffs instead of metered bills
FARMERS will be hit with a flat rate charge for their domestic water use for the foreseeable future, the Farming Independent has learned.
Irish Water said it was not possible to install two separate meters on farmyards, meaning a flat-rate charge of €160 for a one-adult house and €260 for two-adults or more will be applied.
Farmers are classed as 'mixed use customers' as they use water for domestic and commercial purposes from one supply.
Other groups include shopkeepers who live above the business premises.
Under the old system operated by local authorities, farmers received a generous free domestic water allowance of up to 220,000 litres per year.
This has been scrapped since water charges came into force on January 1 last.
Now, farmers will receive an 'assessed' bill for their domestic water, and a separate bill for their farmyard use.
The existing tariffs for commercial water will remain in place until the Commission for Energy Regulation decides if they should be changed.