Dublin, IR — (METERING.COM) — July 10, 2006 – Chambers Ireland, Ireland’s largest business network, today called for water meters to be installed in all homes to ensure that all domestic water usage is paid for either by the end user or the government.
The call was made on the launch of the network’s survey of water charges levied by the country’s 34 city and county councils. Chambers found that businesses are paying huge amounts of money every year to cover water charges, while domestic users pay nothing.
The survey also revealed that the average increase in consolidated water charges between 2005 and 2006 for the 17 applicable councils was 7.8 percent. Out of the 34 councils, water charges contributed 3.64 percent of total expenditure.
Chambers went on to comment that customers will not effectively conserve a resource that does not have an associated cost with it. Chambers Ireland’s Rate Payers’ Council chair Hilary Haydon further added: “Central government is required to fund the cost of water for domestic customers but without metering of domestic water there is no way to ascertain whether it is meeting the real cost of the service.”