Burton: Water meter replacements will cost less than installation

Burton: Water meter replacements will cost less than installation

The Tánaiste has insisted that the cost of replacing water meters - which will not be used during the first third of their expected lifespan - will be far smaller than the cost of installing them.

Fianna Fáil questioned Joan Burton in the Dáil as to why €500 million was being spent on the meters that won't even be used for the first five years.

However, Joan Burton said the replacement cost will be far smaller than the initial installation, and she insisted that many water meters will last long beyond their projected 15-year lifespan.

"The actual story in relation to water meters, to quote one expert … echoed in all the media … is that it will take in due course something around five minutes to replace a meter, and it will cost about €50 million," she said.


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