A Water meter being removed in Foxhill, Coolock, Dublin yesterday.
Dublin Says No writes:
“Six Water meters removed after being installed in Foxhill . The residents didn`t want them but were told they had to get them. The residents and the protesters stuck to their guns and eventually GMC conceded and took them out….”
“On completion the intern will have attained skills in installation of water meters, water pipe laying, use of manual tools e.g. jack hammer, abrasive wheels, etc., and use of computerised mapping equipment. The intern will also have gained insight in the areas of signing, lighting and guarding of work areas and locating of under ground services.”
Last February, Environment Minister Phil Hogan announced that 1,600 jobs will be created installing more than one million meters over three years, starting in July – with 25% of all jobs, or 400, going to people ‘in need of work’.
Meanwhile, ‘non craftspeople’ have paid more that €600 on two-day training courses to install the meters.
I already have a water meter installed in the manhole outside the house so does it have to be changed for a Big Phil Special edition? I understand all houses build since about 1999 have meters as standard so what’s the position. Thoughts?
Top, from Left: Joe Higgins, Paul Murphy MEP, Joan Collins TD and Clare Daly TD outside Labour Party HQ in Ely Place Dublin, earlier.
Fresh threats of a mass revolt similar to the ongoing household charge boycott have been made over Government plans to charge people for water meters. Socialist Party TD Joe Higgins said the public will not stand for the charge – believed to be around €300 – on top of future water charges.”People understand that these combined taxes will quickly go to €1,000 and beyond,” said Mr Higgins.”They simply cannot afford it. It’s a further destruction of the potential in the economy, intensifying austerity and creating more economic problems.”People are absolutely right to oppose it and the campaign will intensify.”
So we pay for the meters and they’re installed for free…
Mr Kenny said he could not comment on the likely cost of the meters as this would have to be decided by the regulator. The cost of installation would be covered by a loan from the National Pensions Reserve Fund, he said.
Over a million homes will require meters to be installed by the end of next year if water charges are to be introduced on schedule in 2014, as set out in the EU-ECB-IMF deal.
The Department of The Environment claims that the installation cost of €300 – €350 per unit is based on ‘pure speculation’ and that the cost could vary ‘depending on the location of the property’
So, good news for anyone selling cheap-ass water meters. And these guys.