THE NEWS THAT the cost of water meters and the delivery of service will be passed onto Irish consumers has caused controversy this weekend.
However, the Department of the Environment has claimed that the plans are in line with how other utilities are funded across the world (See South Australia as an example). A spokesperson also told TheJournal.ie that the figure of €300 being reported in the Sunday Times was “pure speculation”.
In another example, it has been noted that the ESB includes the cost of a meter in its overall connection charge when supplying electricity to a new home.
What do you think? Is it fair that these charges are passed onto the homeowner, given that this is what happens in other countries, or is it, as Opposition parties have claimed, just another stealth tax on the country?
Today’s poll asks: Should households pay for their own water meters?