Survey begins to prepare for water charges

Work has already begun in South Tipperary to prepare for the introduction of domestic water charges.

Work has already begun in South Tipperary to prepare for the introduction of domestic water charges.

The new government levy is not expected to come into effect for another few years but a survey of homes in the county began over a week ago, South Tipperary County Council has been told.

All residential properties that are served by the public water supply are to be identified by this survey - however the council are stressing that no access will be required to private property at this stage.

Acting Senior Executive Engineer John Fogarty explained to Monday’s meeting that following a pilot scheme in counties Wexford, Kerry and Fingal, the survey is now being rolled out across the country.

His team, of four people, began their work in Clerihan and have now moved on to Cashel and Clonmel. Their work is to identify properties that are connected to the public water supply where it is possible to do so from outside the property boundary, and then to gather sufficient information to tell future metre installation contractors what works need to be carried out under phase one of the metering project.

The team, who are based in the Water Conservation Office in Cashel, will use tablet computer and internet technology, which will allow for the assignment of properties for survey.

This survey excludes group schemes. Properties not included in phase one of the survey will be considered by Irish Water at a future date.

Mr. Fogarty told the meeting that meters have been fitted in South Tipperary for the last 13 years but only 20% of the county is covered.