Tuesday, 23 July 2019

Questions (2968)

Catherine Murphy

Question:

2968. Deputy Catherine Murphy asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government the number of water metres installed at new and-or existing domestic and-or private dwellings in 2017, 2018 and to date in 2019; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [34333/19]

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Written answers (Question to Housing)

Since 1 January 2014, Irish Water has statutory responsibility for all aspects of water services planning, delivery and operation at national, regional and local levels, pursuant to Section 7 of the Water Services (No. 2) Act 2013 which provided for the transfer to Irish Water of the general water services functions conferred on the county and city councils by the Water Services Act 2007. Section 32 of the 2007 Act sets out responsibilities in respect of general water services functions and includes the installation and maintenance of meters. As Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government, I have no direct role in this operational matter.

It may be helpful to note that Irish Water has established a dedicated team to deal with representations and queries from public representatives. The team can be contacted via email to oireachtasmembers@water.ie or by telephone on a dedicated number, 1890 578 578.