Dublin, Ireland — (METERING.COM) — July 29, 2013 – Irish Water is to start its more than 1 million AMR water meter rollout across Ireland this week.
Approximately 27,000 meters will be installed each month in the nationwide program, which is due for completion by the end of 2016.
In the first three months, water meters will be installed in Kildare, moving swiftly to Kerry, Meath, Wexford, Dublin City, Limerick, Mayo and Fingal.
“We are now ready to start one of the most ambitious metering programs ever undertaken,” said John Tierney, managing director of Irish Water.
Three regional contractors have been appointed to manage the installation of the water meters – GMC/Sierra Ltd., J Murphy & Sons Ltd., and Coffey Northumbrian Ltd.
Irish Water estimates that the program will create 1,600 jobs, and has committed to allocating 25 percent of roles involved in installations to small businesses, graduates and school leavers, and unemployed persons.
Irish Water has been established as a subsidiary of Bord Gáis Éireann, as a national utility centralizing the water services delivered by 34 county and city councils. Its headquarters are in Dublin, with eight regional offices located across the country, and its call center is located in Cork.
Irish Water will be regulated by the Commission for Energy Regulation.
Water charges are due to be introduced in Q4 2014 with the first bills issuing from January 2015. Homes with meters will be billed on usage, while homes that have yet to receive a meter will be billed at an assessed rate.
Irish Water has not yet announced the meter vendor(s) for the rollout. In January Sensus announced progress in a smart water meter trial, with 100 percent connectivity to meters located underground, in Ballincollig in County Cork.