The Environment Minister says water metering is not about taxation but about environmental conservation.
Minister Phil Hogan says consultants have been appointed to see how the scheme will operate in Ireland and will report back in October. A conference on water metering is taking place in Dublin today.
The roll-out of water meters will begin across the country next year but not everyone agrees with the move.
Deputy Thomas Pringle says there's no need to appoint consultants, as recent experience in Donegal clearly shows the prime effect of water metering is to make money for the metering contractors.
He rejects Minister Hogan's claim that this is about conservation................