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Comment #357141 by mike

mike Apr 18th 2012, 10:30 AM #

This will apply to all people on public water supplies………….Oh no wait if you in a apartment it will no apply. As was report on RTE Prime Time. So some people will pay and other will not. Perfect system.

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Expect your first water bill in late 2014, says Phil Hogan

Expect your first water bill in late 2014, says Phil Hogan

Environment minister couldn’t say how much it will cost consumers, but said a standing charge would be involved.

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    Apr 18th 2012, 12:22 PM

    According to Fergus O’Dowd (on some radio station yesterday), it does apply to apartments, it’s just that they won’t be initially individually metered; the apartment block will be, and apartment complex Management Companies/Landlord will be given the task of collecting the charge. It’s up to the Management Companies how they charge each flat – equal shares or they can install their own meters… Supposedly, they can’t add to the bill, but what do you want to be bet on that?

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    Apr 18th 2012, 12:38 PM

    Standing charge because of the difficulties installing meters in such buildings. Temporary measure I think

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    Apr 18th 2012, 5:43 PM

    How will it not apply to apartments? It was just said on newstalk that there will be one meter for apartments and everyone pays based on that, doesnt seem fair if theres a family of 4 in one apartment vs 1 person in an apartment.
    Any other info on this?

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    Apr 18th 2012, 8:53 PM

    News to me re: one meter for everyone in an apartment block. I thought it was a standing charge. But I agree that this proposal seems unfair and I am unsure how the complex management can make it fairer.

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    Apr 18th 2012, 9:21 PM

    Like everything in this country, nothing has been thought through one iota.
    Being an apartment owner my biggest worry is what management companies will decide to charge for their fees on top of a property tax from the government.
    I currently pay €1500 PM fees, add another €400-600 on top of that in a property tax and im really going to struggle.

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    Apr 18th 2012, 11:48 PM

    I think what people are forgetting here is that they haven’t all the details. They have announced the news of charges and the body who will be in charge of such. They addressed some basic questions they had answers for. The rest is to be confirmed before the introduction of charges and the full roll out. Its early days in the project so you cant knock it as if it was completed already.

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