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Hogan says 90 per cent of all households face water charges by 2014

The Environment Minister was speaking as a six-week public consultation on water charges begins today.

ENVIRONMENT MINISTER Phil Hogan has said that nine out of ten households in Ireland will face water charges by 2014.

Hogan said that he expected the system for charging for the provision of water would be up and running by then as a six week public consultation process begins today amid the reformation of water services in Ireland.

The government expects to establish a new State body known as ‘Irish Water’ which will take over the responsibility of the delivery of water services from 34 local authorities and install water meters in all homes.

Hogan told RTÉ’s Morning Ireland that he expected this to create 2,000 jobs for plumbers and people in the construction industry.

“Water is an essential component of any job creation strategy,” he said. ”We have an abundance of water but we often take it for granted and we need to protect it.”

He described the current provision of water in Ireland as  ”too fragmented” and said he was ”seeking to bring it altogether under one entity”. Hogan added that he expected a universal water charge to be levied by 2014.

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