The company established by the Government to roll out and manage metered water supplies to households has announced the provision of 400 jobs in Cork.

Irish Water has awarded a multi-million euro contract to Cork-based company Abtran to set up and run a customer support call centre for the service.

In April of last year, the Government asked Bord Gáis to establish Irish Water, a utility company that will roll out and manage metered water supplies to every house in the country.

Since then it has conducted engineering work and established a data base.

Abtran, established 16 years ago, is a successful call centre company with clients that include many of the State's other service providers, as well as national and multi-national companies.

It employs 1,100 people and handles more than a million calls a month.

Abtran will begin recruitment immediately for the Irish Water call centre.

100 jobs will be filled by the end of June and as many as 400 will be employed by the time householders receive the first bills for metered water supplies sometime next year.