11th November 2013
By David O’Sullivan
Irish Water today begins it’s metering roll-out in Cork County today, starting in in Douglas and Ballincollig.
Meters will be installed outside domestic residences on the public water mains. Metering is already underway in Kildare, Kerry, Meath, Wexford, Dublin, Limerick, Mayo and Fingal. Metering in Cork City is not scheduled to commence until 2015.
Irish Water’s metering programme will result in the creation of 1,600 jobs according the Company. It’ part of the nationwide installation programme which will see more than one million meters installed throughout Ireland over the next three years.
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 Q4 2014 with the first bills issuing in January 2015.
Commenting on the start of the Irish Water metering in Cork, Irish Water, managing director, John Tierney said:
“Over the past few months, we have been working closely with Cork County Council to ensure that plans are in place for the efficient and managed rollout of our water metering programme.
“I would like to compliment the County Manager Martin O’Riordan and his 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 in Cork. We look forward to working with them to ensure minimum disruption as we carry out our work in the coming weeks and months.”
Water meters will be installed in the hours between 8am and 6pm Monday to Saturday. Each water 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, which is fitted underground in the public footpath outside the homeowner’s property. Installers will have official Irish Water identification, wear branded uniforms and will never ask to enter people’s homes.
Customers with queries in relation to Irish Water or the metering programme can contact the Cork based customer contact centre on 1890 278 278 or visit www.water.ie