Dáil Question No: 380

To ask the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government if he will provide details of the quality standards being imposed on the installation of the water meters which are being rolled out nationwide to ensure they comply with best international practice, that water does not freeze in the winter months or that disruption of services will occur; if he will give an assurance that all meters will be installed to the same standard and the monitoring of the work that is being undertaken; and if he will make a statement on the matter.

For WRITTEN answer on Tuesday, 8th October, 2013.
Ref No: 41870/13


Answered by Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government Phil Hogan

The Water Services Act 2013 provides for the establishment of Irish Water as an independent subsidiary within the Bord Gáis Éireann Group and assigns the necessary powers to allow Irish Water to undertake the water metering programme.

The criteria for the procurement process for the metering programme were developed by my Department, in consultation with Bord Gáis Éireann, to ensure that all contractors have the capacity to carry out the scale of work involved to the necessary high standard. The meter boundary boxes that will be installed will have ‘frost plugs’ to provide insulation from surface freezing conditions. It is a matter for Irish Water to monitor and supervise all works to ensure that they meet the required quality standards.