Irish Water will release updated figures for how many people have paid their bills before the end of January.

The data will reflect the latest billing cycle for the last three months of 2015.

The last published set of figures showed 56% of households had paid their water charges for the third quarter of last year, up from 44% three months earlier.

The company will begin to apply additional charges to people in arrears from June of 2016.

Irish Water is also planning to apply attachments to homes in instances where the charges are unpaid.

This means a home owner would be unable to sell an apartment or house if the water bills were in arrears.

Under new legislation the company will also be able to apply for an order that would mean unpaid water bills could be deducted from the salaries or social welfare payments of householders in arrears.