Irish Water has confirmed that it will be introducing 'excess use' water charges in January 2019.
According to Newstalk, a new report from the Commission for Regulation of Utilities (CRU) said that the charges will start on January 1 2019 at the earliest with no bills issued until at least July 1.
Charges will apply where the volume of water consumed exceeds the 213,000 litres annually. A statement reads:
"The Water Charges Plan clarifies that there will be no charges for water services for domestic customers in 2018; provides that excess use charges will apply from 2019; advises that detail regarding excess use charge levels, commencement dates and associated rules and processes will be agreed with the Minister (Eoghan Murphy) and the CRU and provided in a later version of the Water Charges Plan".