Clare County Council has commenced a countywide survey of an estimated 31,000 domestic water connections in Clare ahead of the Government’s introduction of water charges, which is expected in 2014. The survey work is being carried out by Council staff on behalf of Irish Water, which is set to take over responsibility for the delivery of water services from local authorities at the commencement of next year. The installation of water meters in domestic premises, which is expected to get underway before the end of the year, is part of plans to charge home-owners for the water used.
During the survey process, surveyors will be carrying out a visual examination of the connection between the public water mains and a householder’s water system. There will be no interruption to the water supply and no digging or excavation will be carried out. Homes that are connected to a private water supply or Group Water Supply schemes will not be surveyed.