Monday 22 January 2018

1,600 jobs to be created in water meters rollout

Paul Melia

Paul Melia

HOMEOWNERS in Maynooth, Celbridge and Leixlip in Co Kildare will be the first in the country to have water meters installed.

Irish Water today announced details of the metering programme, which will result in 1.05 million homes being metered by 2016.

And the company said that 1,600 full-time jobs would be created, which would last for at least three years.

Confirming reports in today’s Irish Independent, managing director John Tierney said that homeowners would be written to over the coming weeks advising them as to what date the meter would be installed.

He added that not until early next year would the charges be set by the regulator, the Commission for Energy Regulation.

“Today, we're commencing the metering roll-out itself,” he said.

"We have a lot of challenges to meet including an ageing infrastructure and growing population.  Part of this (process) is how we change the perception of people to realising it's all about consumption and eventually they're going to become customers.

“It's an ambitious programme, but everybody is singularly determined."

Some 40pc of all homes will be metered by September next year.  Homes in Kildare will be metered from next month.

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