Dublin, Ireland — (METERING.COM) — January 15, 2010 – Chambers Ireland representing 13,000 businesses in Ireland has called for water meters and charges for all users to be introduced to Ireland as a matter of urgency to address the water crisis currently facing many of the country’s counties.
Demand has jumped in recent weeks partly as a result of burst water pipes, but more significantly due to taps being left to run to prevent pipes freezing and also people stocking up on water following viral SMS campaigns claiming that water supplies were being cut off.
“Many local authorities have been forced to reduce water pressure and in some cases stop supplies completely as many of the nation’s reservoirs are at critically low levels,” said Seán Murphy, deputy chief executive of Chambers Ireland. “This simply would not happen if people were paying for these scarce resources.”
Chambers Ireland said it welcomed the announcement that water meters would be introduced as part of the Program for Government. However, given the events of recent weeks the schedule must be brought forward to delivery within one year. Furthermore, the program would provide much needed stimulus to the construction sector.
Chambers Ireland is Ireland’s largest business network with 60 member chambers representing 13,000 businesses.