Deputy Michael Lowry has called on the Government to clarify their position on whether the public will be asked to bear the cost of water meters.
Deputy Lowry stated;
“I believe that the confusion over this matter is causing considerable distress and upset and should be clarified as a matter or priority. With metering due to begin late this year the public have a right to know what costs will be imposed on them as soon as is possible to allow them to put plans in place to deal with such.”
The Independent Deputy has further stated that the imposition of such a cost would be an additional burden that strained families simply cannot bear;
“In meeting with constituents I have seen first-hand the severe financial pressure countless families are under. These families are struggling to cope and keep their heads above water at this difficult time, these families would be choked by paying for water meters. The fact that water charges are to be introduced is a further threat hanging over their heads and that is without taking into account the possibility of having to pay for the actual unit.”
“I believe that forcing these families to pay a considerable amount to install a meter that would subsequently result in them paying additional charges would be an insult and would show a complete disregard and lack of understanding for the difficult circumstances many people are in at present. Quite simply many people fear that paying for water will put them in an impossible financial position. The public are growing increasingly frustrated with these charges and costs. I believe that if the Government ask the public to pay for these meters then that may be the final straw.