The Government has published the Bill that will enable the introduction of water charges from the beginning of next year.

The Water Services Bill 2013 says that domestic water charges can be introduced from 1 January 2014

It says that the company that will be responsible for installing waters meters will be a subsidiary of Bord Gáis Éireann.

It will be called Uisce Éireann in Irish or Irish Water in English.

It will have the power to install meters in all domestic properties and will not need planning permission or permission from roads authorities to do so.

The company will have the power to set water charges and to obtain the information it needs to discharge its functions from any relevant person.

Irish Water will also have the power to set minimum standards for water services.

In separate but related developments, Bord Gáis Éireann has today advertised in the national press for senior managers for the water company.

Today is also the last day for submissions of tenders for the provision of water meters to Bord Gáis.