NI Water halts domestic water meter installations
NI Water is to stop any further installation of water meters at domestic properties in Northern Ireland, Chris Hazzard, infrastructure minister in the Northern Ireland Assembly (NIA), has announced.
However, regulations will now need to be brought to the NIA before the installation of water meters in domestic properties can be stopped completely, which the minister has confirmed will be done as soon as possible.
Hazzard said: "Today I have instructed NI Water not to install any more water meters at domestic properties in the North. In the current financial climate, the continued waste of public money to install meters which will not be used cannot continue.
"Regulations are currently being drafted and consultation on these is legally required. Meanwhile I have instructed NI Water to cease this work immediately.
Officials will now begin consultation on the draft regulations so there is no further delay in dealing with this issue. Hazzard expects that regulations will be brought to the assembly after the summer recess.
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