Public warned that meter installers never have to enter their homes

Marisa Reidy

TRALEE householders due to have water meters installed in their homes from next week on are being warned that installers never ask to enter people's homes and will always carry official Irish Water identification and wear branded uniforms.

The warning came as the town prepares for Phase One of the national water metering project, which will commence in the Oakpark area of town on September 9, and continue in Tralee for 10 to 12 weeks before progressing to north Kerry initially and then to the south of the county.

Tralee Town Engineer, Gerry Riordan, stressed that no member of Irish Water would seek entry to a house as part of the installation process and urged all home owners to be extra vigilant.

He told Monday night's meeting of Tralee Town Council that meters will be installed outside domestic residences on the public water mains between September and November and that advance notification of at least 14 days will be issued to each householder. At least two days before the installation customers will be notified of the date when the water meter will be fitted.

While there will be no upfront costs for meters, water charges are due to be introduced in late 2014 with the first bills issuing in January 2015.

According to Mr Riordan, the rates and pricing structures for Irish Water domestic customers will be decided by the regulator and the Commission for Energy Regulation (CER) - a move which received a lot of criticism from some councillors on Monday night.