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A final decision on water charges is expected later today

The Commission for Energy Regulation put the charges out for public consultation in July.

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WITH JUST HOURS before water charges come into effect, the Commission for Energy Regulation is expected to make a final decision on the exact prices to be paid.

The charges were published for public consultation at the end of July this year.

A final decision is expected later this morning, as charges come into effect from tomorrow.

This includes the suggested costs of €2.44 per 1,000 litres of water, and €4.88 if the homeowner uses both water and wastewater services.

These will apply if the house is metered. With this process not expected to completed until 2016, homes that do not have a meter will have charges set as per the table below:

PastedImage-72533 Source: CER.ie

“The CER is consulting on Irish Water’s proposal that unmetered charges will
be assessed on the basis of the number of adult occupants where the government allowance means that there is no charge for children,” consultation documents read

Other issues to be taken into account will be charges for non-primary residences, rebates for use of water below the assessed limit of 66,000 litres per annum for a single occupancy household with an additional 21,000 litres per annum for each additional adult, and discounts on water unfit for human consumption. The full list is available here.

However, only minor adjustments – if any – are expected.

Read: Phil Hogan ‘personally signed off on’ funding relating to Irish Water consultants >

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