Pay water charges or be cut off warns Taoiseach Kenny
TAOISEACH Enda Kenny has warned that people will be cut off it they fail to pay water charges.
Amid continued speculation that households face an €800 bill for new meters, Mr Kenny refused to give details of potential costs when the new charge is introduced in 2014.
”These are all matters for discussion about how the system is actually going to work,” said Mr Kenny.
”If you don’t pay your electricity bill, if you don’t pay your water bill, it’s cut off.”
Environment Minister Phil Hogan confirmed yesterday an annual charge would come into effect in 2014, which will go towards repaying the €450m loan the Government will take from the National Pension Reserve Fund to pay for water meter installations by the new utility Irish Water.
The Taoiseach pointed out that while water is “fundamental for life”, the Government is not in a position to give people a free allowance.
”Clearly the system here is for everybody to understand that we cannot go on the way we have been going on,” Mr Kenny said.
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