10 January 2015 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Irish Water is to start installing water meters in County Monaghan in the coming weeks.

Advance notification of at least 14 days will be issued to each householder before meters are installed with information packs outlining the details of the installation process. There are no upfront costs for meters and water charges are due to be introduced in Q1 2015, with the first bills issuing in April 2015.

Already over 540,000 water meters have been installed around the country.

This is the most ambitious nationwide metering programme of its type ever undertaken, with water meters being installed in all regions across the country at a rate of 27,000 per month. Irish Water’s meter installation rate is three times that of comparable programmes in the UK and will see more than one million meters installed throughout the State by the end of 2016.

Commenting on the start of the Irish Water metering in Monaghan, Irish Water, Managing Director, John Tierney said: “We have been working closely with Monaghan County Council for a number of months to ensure that plans are in place for the efficient and managed rollout of our water metering programme.

“I would like to compliment Monaghan County Council staff for the highly professional manner in which they have helped us prepare for this programme. We are committed to installing water meters with minimum inconvenience to householders and communities.”

Meters will be installed outside domestic residences connected to the public water mains generally between 7:30am and 7:30pm, Monday to Friday and between 8am and 1pm on Saturdays. Each meter installation will take from 15 minutes to two hours, depending on the work to be carried out. Meters will be placed in a meter box, fitted underground in the public footpath outside the homeowner’s property.

Irish Water meter installers will always carry Irish Water identification cards, wear branded uniforms and will never ask to enter people’s homes.

Water meters will enable households to monitor their water usage. According to current estimates each person consumes approximately 150 litres of water per day. That’s almost two full bathtubs of water per person every day, or 54,750 litres of water per person each year.

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