Hundreds of water meters set to be replaced in Laois

Conor Ganly

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Laois businesses to receive new water meters with in-built drive-by technology

Laois businesses are set to receive new meters which Irish Water say will have in-built drive-by technology to allow for faster and more frequent meter readings and help fix leals.

The company claims the new meters will provide data to Irish Water which will assist in identifying potential leaks at a business premises. It is also claimed bills will be acurate as they allow for fewer estimated bills being issued to customers.

Irish Water confirmed to the Leinster Express that it is planned to replace approximately 860 meters in phase 1, which are more than 10 years old. The company said they are approaching the end of their life cycles. A second phase is planned for later this year when the remainder of the business meters in the county will be replaced.

The company pointed out that business will not be charged.

"Irish Water would like to stress that there is no charge to customers for the installation of the new meters which should ultimately provide them with a more accurate bill for their water usage and a means of detecting water leaks on their properties," said a statement.

The State-owned company said water supply to businesses will be temporarily shut-off for approximately 15 minutes while the water meter is being replaced. Irish Water says will endeavour to keep the length of this water outage to a minimum.

Businesses will receive a reminder notification at least two days before the work is scheduled to begin and the project team will speak to the customer directly before interrupting supply.

Laois County Council was one of a number of local authorities to install new business water meters prior to the setting up of Irish Water. 

The Meter Replacement Programme was launched late last year and is currently ongoing in Donegal, Limerick, Sligo, Roscommon, and Galway, Leitrim, Cavan, Monaghan Tipperary, Wicklow, Longford and Kilkenny.