Irish Homes to Pay an Average of 240 Euros a Year for Water

May 06, 2014 9:27 am ET

May 6 (Bloomberg) -- Irish households will probably pay an average of 240 euros ($334) a year for water, with charges frozen until 2016, the government said today.

Each household will have a free allowance of 30,000 liters a year, with additional allowances for children, the Environment Ministry said in an e-mail statement. The Commission for Energy Regulation is expected to finalize the level of water charges in August, the Ministry said.

“With these decisions, households now have high visibility in good time, as promised, of the likely level of charges,” Environment Ministry Phil Hogan said in an e-mail statement.

The previous administration agreed to introduce water charges as part of the nation’s international bailout agreement in 2010. While there’s been some resistance to the installation of water metres, the government said today it will finish the installation ahead of schedule, in the middle of 2016.