As of today, 1st October 2014, the Irish people will be liable for domestic water charges.
For the first 9 months, households will be liable for an ‘assessed’ charge that is based upon the number of adults in the property. The first adult is charged €176 a year, and each additional adult is charged an extra €102. Children will not be charged.
Then, as of July 2015, those properties with water meters installed will be charged based on the volume of water consumed – at a cost of €2.44 per 1,000 litres of water.
However, I live in an apartment, and as such I’m very unlikely to have a water meter installed. So I’ll continue to be liable for the ‘assessed’ charge going forward.
The thing is, now that I’m suddenly paying what is in effect a subscription charge for my water, my first instinct is to try and maximise my usage. It’s like having a gym membership or a subscription to Netflix. You want to feel that you’re getting the maximum value for your money.
With that in mind, I’m considering now having two, or even three, showers a day from now on. I’m going to wash each item of clothing in a separate wash. And to ensure that I always have cold water available for when I want a drink, I’m going to leave a tap running in the kitchen.
After all, I’m going to be paying 76 cents a day for this water, so I want to make the most of it.