Tuesday, 2 July 2013

Questions (520, 523)

Terence Flanagan

Question:

520. Deputy Terence Flanagan asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government if he will provide a timeline for the rolling out of water meters and the implementation of water charges on households here; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [31755/13]

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Andrew Doyle

Question:

523. Deputy Andrew Doyle asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government if water calibration and verification of water meters will be part of the installation of water meters by Irish Water and the three companies who will be awarded contracts next month for the installation of water meters throughout the country; if it will be done at household, residential, district and commercial levels as they go about installing over one million meters at a pace of 27,000 per month; if he will outline the measures he is taking to ensure the metering of potable water will be compliant with EU regulations and directives; if he is satisfied that calibration will meet international standards; if he will outline the measures he will take to ensure the international standards will be met as water meters get older; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [31936/13]

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Written answers (Question to Environment)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 520 and 523 together.

I refer to the reply to Question Nos. 6, 7, 17 and 30 of 12 June 2013 which sets out the timeframe for the rollout of water metering. Water meters used for domestic billing must comply with the EU Measuring Instrument Directive which sets standards of accuracy. This Directive is implemented in Ireland by the Legal Metrology (European Conformity Assessment of Measuring Instruments) Regulations 2007. The Legal Metrology Service of the National Standards Authority of Ireland is the statutory body responsible for regulating and supervising weights and measures, including meters, in Ireland.