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Cap on water charges is announced
30 Sep 2014 13:01
The Commission for Energy Regulation has announced that customers of Irish Water are to have their metered charges capped at an assessed rate for the first nine months of use.
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The regulator has also revealed that home owners who receive water that is not fit for human consumption will not have to pay any water supply charge.
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Under the charges announced today, a family of two adults and two children will pay an annual water bill of around €278.
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Homeowners will be billed for water from tomorrow.
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There are two types of customer - those with meters who will pay for the water they use and those without meters who will pay an assessed charge.
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Metered customers will be charged €2.44 per 1,000 litres, but charges will be capped at the unmetered rate for the first nine months of use.
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Those without meters will pay an annual rate of €176 for a household with one adult - or €278 for a home with two adults.
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Children will be given a free allowance of 21,000 litres, which will be monitored on a quarterly basis and adjusted.
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Customers who live in areas where the water is unfit for human consumption will not pay any water supply charge, once a boil water notice has been in place for at least 24 hours. However, they will continue to be charged for waste water services.
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The regulator has also announced that customers will receive a rebate where their metered consumption is shown to be less than the assessed consumption used in the assessed charge period.
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Meanwhile, people who own a second home will pay a charge of €125 on their non-primary residence.
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Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin has said the system for charging for water is fair and equitable.
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Speaking ahead of a Cabinet meeting this morning, the minister said all the issues that had been of concern to people had been addressed.
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Mr Howlin said it was "a good idea" to place a nine-month cap on charges.
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He said the exact charge could not have been estimated accurately until the composition of each house in the State was known.
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Speaking on the same programme, Energy Regulator Paul McGowan said if people take water and waste water services from Irish Water, they will pay €4.88 per 1,000 litres or half that per service.
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