Metered Water Charges – How Much Are They?

September 30, 2014
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The final figures for the metered and unmetered water charges have been published by the CER – (30th sept 2014)
It is important to note that it is also confirmed that all metered household water bills will be capped for the first 9 months at the “assessed charge” based on the number of adults in the house. (I.e you pay for what you use but the bill will not be higher than the equivalent assesed charge)
(Details of assessed water charges for unmetered homes here)

How the metered water charges will be calculated.
The metered water bills will be made up of 2 components – a water usage charge and a waste water charge. . If a house has it’s own waste water system or septic tank there will be no charge for waste water. There will be no Standing Charge.

The first 30,000 litres a year per household will not be charged for  (as long as a PPS number is provided) . Any usage over the free allowance wil be charged as per the following rates : – €2.44 for every 1000 litres of water consumed and €2.44 per 1000 litres for waste water services.

Wastewater output will not be measured – it will be assumed to be the same volume as the water consumption. So – for the majority of Irish households that are connected to both the mains water and the sewage mains – they will be charged €4.88 for every 1000 litres of water used over and above 30,000 litres. A free allowance of 21000 litres a year per child is also proposed.

There are no useful accurate figures available (yet) on household water usage in Ireland – but we have done some research into water usage figures in the UK – and it is a fair assumption that water usage here in Ireland will be broadly similar to the UK. We have worked out the averages from figures obtained from 4 large UK water companies. (The household sizes from the UK are not split into adults and children)

The table below gives a summary of the average water consumption figures from our research for various sized UK households. We also show the estimated annual metered water charges that households can expect from Irish Water based on this usage. The figures show that a high usage mmetered household of 3 adults could end up paying as much as €706 a year – but reducing usage to a “low” level could save them about €400 a year.

The estimated water charge figures shown below are the total expected for a combined bill for both water and wastewater.

In the table below – the usage is litres per year and the charges are based on all occupants being 18 or over. (Just the 30000 l free household allowance is used in the calculation)

People in Household
Low Usage
(litres)
Estimated Water Charge
Medium Usage
Litres)
Estimated Water Charge
High Usage
(litres)
Estimated Water Charge
1
56786
131
68405
187
89667
291
2
89490
290
113609
408
139000
532
3
111286
397
138115
528
174667
706
4
129693
486
157761
623
202333
841
5
151621
594
181490
739
236000
1005
6
183651
750
215770
907
276667
1204

 


Second Homes / Holiday Homes
It has been decided that properties identified as Non-principal private residences (such as holiday homes) will be billed a minimum charge by Irish Water of €125 a year. This amount is for homes connected to both mains water and mains sewage. The minimum charge will be halved to €62.50 a year if the home has it’s own waste water treatment.This minimum charge applies to both metered and unmetered second homes.

In the table above we have shown estimated figures for Low, Medium and High water usage households – for your information these general classifications are ….

Low Usage Households : would make occasional use of a washing machine,Take shower in preference to bath (but not power showers), Mostly absent from house duringdaytime on week days)

Medium Usage Households: would use washing machine most days,Shower most days with occasional baths. Use dishwasher most days.

High Usage Households: would make daily use of a washing machine, daily baths or daily use of a power shower.Regular use of a hosepipe or sprinkler and frequent use of water throughout the day.

Unmetered Water Bills
When billing starts – the majority of homes will not have water meters. It will be at least 2016 before all the proposed meters are installed and there will be about 300,000 homes where meters willl never be installed. These unmetered homes will have water bills based on an “assesed” charge which will basically be a flat rate annual charge based on the number of adults in the household . More information on Unmetered Bills Here


See some figures here on various activities and how much water they can use http://www.moneyguideireland.com/water-charges-some-more-meaningful-figures.html

 

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