The Energy Regulator has confirmed to Midwest News that a decision is not due until the end of this month in relation to water charges for householders in Co Roscommon who are currently on boil water notices.
Some controversy has arisen on the subject today, after the FG election candidate in the Roscommon-south Leitrim by-election Maura Hopkins said she has received confirmation from the Regulator that households on longterm boil water notices will be 100% exempt from water charges when the billing system is introduced from 1st October.
However, Senator John Kelly told Midwest News that, as late as last night, the Environment Minister Alan Kelly had not been informed of any such decision.
Midwest News contacted the Commission for Energy Regulation today, and a spokesman said there are no new developments.
He explained that in the consultation document circulated in July, it was proposed that households who, on 1st October are on a boil alert for over 3 months, would not be charged for incoming water, however they would still have to pay the charge for outgoing waste water.
The spokesman confirmed that a decision will be made by the energy regulator later this month.
This will affect thousands of households in Co Roscommon who are currently on boil water notices, as their drinking water is contaminated.
Yesterday, Tanaiste Joan Burton said people on longterm boil water notices should merit special consideration by Irish Water and the Energy Regulator.