Making water meters optional still leaves charges possible, says campaigner

A Sligo Right to Water campaigner says he fears giving people the option of whether or not they want water meters installed could be a used as a back-door way of going ahead with the introduction of charges.

The energy regulator has recommended that the automatic rollout of water meters should be stopped.

It says with more than 400 million euro spent so far, it’s becoming too expensive.

Instead, it wants households to opt-in to a metering scheme.

The plans will be outlined to a Dail committee on water funding this afternoon.

But Nigel Gallagher, of People Before Profit and the Sligo Right to Water Campaign, says their ultimate aim remains the complete abolition of Irish Water: