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Tuesday 21 March 2023 Dublin: 11°C

# Water Meters

All time
# water waste
10% of Irish households are using four times as much water as the rest of the country
New figures from the CSO show that usage of water in Ireland is heavily skewed by a small fraction of consumers.
# down the drain
Water meters are not the new e-voting machines - they cost us a lot more
To date, the State has spent €465 million on the water metering project.
# Water Charges
Another national day of protest planned for January
Brendan Ogle said the water charges debate hasn’t gone away.
# the latest
This is how many meters Irish Water has now installed
New figures were revealed to TDs and Senators today.
# no siree
Irish Water denies it's carrying out 'surprise' meter installations to avoid protesters
One woman said her driveway was blocked for two hours.
# Bills Bills Bills
If you want your water meter tested, it could cost you an extra €100
One TD says the situation is “infuriating”.
# water meter dash
Someone's made an Irish water computer game with angry protesters and politicians' cars
We never knew we wanted this until now.
# Contaminated
These are the 20 Dublin homes with the most lead in their drinking water
There’s some familiar addresses related to water protests.
# Explainer
What exactly is Siteserv - and why is everyone talking about it?
Catherine Murphy tells us about the “extraordinary turn of events” that led to taxpayers losing millions.
# following the money
More than one whistleblower came forward with Siteserv information
The plot thickens…
# SiteServ
Spending watchdog to examine IBRC sale of Siteserv... and more FOIs to be released
Earlier, Alan Dukes denied any impropriety in the sale of Siteserv to the Denis O’Brien company.
# Water Meters
The curious case of an 'obsessive' TD, the state losing millions, and a Denis O'Brien company
Catherine Murphy wants a full inquiry into deals made by IBRC.
# Cavan
Garda whistleblower arrested at water meter protest
John Wilson was held for five hours.
# The very idea
Joan Collins (the actress) tweets to say she's not Joan Collins (the arrested TD)
We’re glad she clarified that.
# Water Meters
"I was simply standing on a public footpath" - Joan Collins TD arrested at Dublin protest
The United Left TD was arrested along with Cllr Pat Dunne.
# Bills Bills Bills
Irish Water explain why they want to know the colour of your hall door
They say they want to know, but that there’s a good reason.
# Analysis
Why were four water meter protesters jailed this week?
It was a fundamental difference of opinion.
# Irish Water
One thousand water meters are being installed every day (but progress has slowed down)
Minister Alan Kelly says there’s now 2,000 fewer being installed per month compared to late last year.
# Irish Water
Irish Water explains what will happen its meters in 15 years
Irish Water has confirmed the lifespan of its equipment.
# over to you
The 10 most popular comments on in 2014
From Irish Water to John Gilligan, here are the comments which got the most thumbs up from other readers this year.
# Irish Water
These Galway lads have written an extremely passionate rap about Irish Water
“The time has come to stand and fight/and not put up with the same old sh*te…”
# Price hike
Cost of water meters underestimated by €107 million
RTÉ’s This Week programme says the guide price provided to Government was way off.
# peaceful protets
People marched against water charges in Waterford and Jobstown today
Gardai say there were no public order incidents at either protest.
# exclusion zone
Meter installer 'kneed in face' at protest
A group of water meter protesters accused of breaching an exclusion zone at sites were before the courts again today.
# bumper to bumper
This driver is pretty clear about their feelings for Irish Water
Anti-water charges bumper stickers are here.
# Water Charges
10 of the most creative responses to the Irish Water fiasco
The whole thing has brought out the wittier side of us all.
# illegal
Irish Water doesn't want you inviting fairies to remove your meter
The utility said that requesting someone to remove your meter is an offence.
This pumpkin perfectly captures the nation's feelings about water meters
# Right2Water
Almost 100 anti-water charges protests planned across the country
It is the second day of action by the Right2Water group.
# leaky pipes
Water bills could be delayed as energy regulator looks at deadline
The Commission for Energy Regulation also stressed that call-out charges have not yet been finalised.
# Alan Kelly
Irish Water to review how it treats customers (and, maybe, its bonus structure)
Minister Alan Kelly has said he expects “a reinvigoration in customer focus”.
# right to protest
'You can protest, but you can't stop them' - Judge to water meter protesters
The judge declined to decide on a request from the company for a 20m exclusion zone around workers.
# expensive cameras
Why are gardaí wearing cameras at water meter protests?
According to gardaí, it’s nothing new.
# apartment living
I live in an apartment, how is my water bill calculated?
It comes down to age, apparently.
# Water Meters
Man arrested after threatening Irish Water worker with 'imitation' gun
No one was injured in the incident.
# Fight Water With Fire
Gardaí investigating suspected arson attack on shed storing water meters
The incident occurred at Union Place in Sligo this morning.
# Fighting Talk
'If you install a water meter at our house, we will remove it'
Read one County Councillor’s rather feisty letter to Irish Water…
# Response times
'Scandalous': One TD does not want gardaí at water meter protests
Joe Higgins said that their presence at peaceful protests could lead to slower response times to other crimes.