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Public consultation on water charges begins

Posted April 17th, 2014

The closing date for receipt of consultation responses is 16th May 2014.

The Commission for Energy Regulation (CER) will act as economic regulator of the public water sector and of Irish Water.

Today it has published three papers for public consultation. These are the first set in a series of consultations on the Water Charges Plan and a consultation on Irish Water’s Customer Handbook.

The first two papers focus on the principles of water tariff design and tariff structures for domestic and non-domestic customers. The third deals with proposals for the obligations to be placed on Irish Water regarding customer protection measures.

The titles and outlines of the three papers are as follows:

– Domestic Water Tariff Principles and Proposals – this paper concerns a set of proposals from Irish Water regarding the principles of design and structure of domestic water tariffs;

– Interim and Enduring Non-Domestic Water Tariff Proposals – this paper concerns a set of proposals from Irish Water regarding the principles of tariff design and treatment of non-domestic water customers;

– Consultation on the Irish Water Customer Handbook – this paper considers the obligations that the CER is proposing to put on Irish Water with regards to customer service.

The tariff papers will feed into a further consultation in June on the final Water Charges Plan which will include the actual levels of costs and tariffs. The consultation documents are available at www.cer.ie.

Each paper contains contact details for where written submissions should be sent. The closing date for receipt of consultation responses is 16th May 2014. Please note that the CER may publish all responses to consultations unless marked as confidential.