The council now has to pay for any water which it uses.
The scheme is being introduced on the Ladies Beach in Ballybunion where men’s urinals are being fitted with the smartflush motion sensor system to prevent constant leaking, the mayor of Kerry John Brassil has been told on foot of a query.
The female toilets will be fitted with smaller cisterns so that water is conserved there.
The motion sensor flushing system will be spread across the council’s 32 public toilets.
However as well as saving water — the council which will this year have to pay for the water that it once controlled.
It is facing “substantial bills”, a senior manager with the council has warned.
Director of services John Breen said that the council has moved from being a provider to being a customer.
It will now have to pay Irish Water for water used in its vacant houses, its graveyards and beaches and public toilets.
“Any water we get, we will have to pay for,” Mr Breen said.
“We are faced with substantial costs.
“But we are also hoping to show leadership in promoting a new awareness of water and next year will begin an education and awareness programme for our tenants who will also be faced with water bills,” Mr Breen said.
Meanwhile, Tidy Towns and other groups traditionally the recipients of free water courtesy of the town and county councils are worried about being faced with costs.
However, Irish Water is introducing a community policy ensuring that these kind of organisations will receive free water allowances capped at a certain number of litres.