Less than 5 per cent of water meter connection points identified - Environmental News | The Irish Times - Sat, Apr 20, 2013
So 3 months to go before the installations are meant to begin being carried out and the govt haven't managed to even establish where and if it's possible to install the stopcocks (and seriously boys, if ever you needed to rename a product, it's that right there).
It's easy to point and laugh at the councils, but ultimately this is a govt plan and they're the ones responsible for ensuring it's carried out on time. If you (as those responsible) haven't seen to it that the bloody surveys have been carried out on time then what realistic hope is there for carrying out the more complicated part of the project? Pointing and blaming the councils won't work here.Engineering surveys to establish where domestic water meters can be installed have not been completed by any local authority, even though the installation programme is due to start in three months’ time.
Just half of the State’s 34 city and county councils have started surveys to locate the stopcocks for the 1,050,000 households connected to the public water supply. Four local authorities have given no indication of when they intend to start their surveys.
Irish Water’s meter installation programme is due to begin in July and be completed by 2016. The Government is committed under the EU-IMF rescue plan to start charging households for water in 2014. However, Minister for Finance Michael Noonan earlier this month said the Government might seek sanction to delay the introduction of charges to 2015.
This is what's killing the Tories right now in the UK. You can get away with having policies that are very unpopular with certain parts of the electorate. You can't get away with incompetently carrying out policies that are very unpopular with certain parts of the electorate.