Water-charges: No PPS numbers to register, and charges of €100 and €60 capped to 2019

Water-charges: No PPS numbers to register, and charges of €100 and €60 capped to 2019

Environment Minister Alan Kelly has taken his feet in the Dáil to announce a range of measures on water charges.

"This is a significant moment for the county," he said. "We as a Government have made mistakes…We needed to listen to the people and take stock and I believe we have done that."

He said the aim was to introduce a world-class service.

Single-adult households are set to pay €160 a year in water charges, while all other households will pay €260. The charges will be capped until Jan 1, 2019.

Households will benefit from the €100 water relief allowance, bring charges down to €60 and €160 respectively.

Metered usage can reduce those figures further where people conserve water.

The Minister said: "These charges are affordable (at) €3 per week for families, among the lowest in Europe."

PPS numbers will also no longer be required for registration, and previously collected PPS numbers will be deleted by Irish Water.

Full text of Minister Alan Kelly's speech here.

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