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Almost 80,000 homes have so far been fitted with water meters

Irish Water came into operation yesterday and says that over 1 million household connections have also now surveyed by authorities.

Water meters are installed as protestors look on.
Water meters are installed as protestors look on.
Image: Laura Hutton/Photocall Ireland

ALMOST 80,000 HOUSEHOLDS have so far been fitted with water meters as water charges are set to commence from October.

Over 1 million household connections have also now surveyed by authorities, work that is required ahead of the installation of meters.

Households are set to receive their first bills in January 2015.

Irish Water yesterday took responsibility for the the delivery water and wastewater services to homes and businesses with the transfer of services to occur over a phased basis.

Local authorities will still however provide certain services on behalf of Irish Water through for a period of 12 years.

This ongoing work of local authorites was acknowledged by Environment Minister Phil Hogan as he welcomed the official commencement of Irish Water:

Local authorities have provided water and wastewater services for over 100 years, and have done so with great dedication. I want to acknowledge this, and also their future role in providing services on behalf of Irish Water through service level agreements.

Irish Water acts as a subsidiary of Bord Gáis Éireann with shares in the company also allocated to the minister, something the Government says was included to ensure that Irish Water remains in public ownership.

Read: Dublin City Council could “lose billions” to Irish Water >

Read: Dublin City Council passes motion to call Hogan and Irish Water before it >

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