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Written Answers - Water Services

Thursday, 19 January 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 752 No. 2

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 173.  Deputy Michael Healy-Rae Information on Michael Healy-Rae Zoom on Michael Healy-Rae  asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government Information on Philip Hogan Zoom on Philip Hogan  if he will make an order to local authorities that when fitting water meters there would be some system put in place which would have the capacity of alerting the house holder if there was a leak in the system; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [3079/12]

Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government (Deputy Phil Hogan): Information on Philip Hogan Zoom on Philip Hogan The Programme for Government provides for the introduction of a fair funding model to deliver clean and reliable water. The Programme for Government also committed to the establishment of Irish Water, a State company that will take over the water investment and maintenance programmes of the 34 county and city councils with the key aim of supervising and accelerating the significant investment needed to update the State’s water and sewage infrastructure.

On 16 January, my Department commenced a public consultation on these proposed reforms, seeking views from the public on the establishment of Irish Water and the introduction of water charges.

The Government has indicated its intention to commence the installation of water meters in households connected to public water supplies later in 2012. Specifications for the meters and associated equipment will be based on the best technical solutions available and international best practice. The specifications will not be finalised until after the public consultation period.

Questions Nos. 174 to 177, inclusive, answered with Question No. 171.

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