IRISH WATER’S METERING programme will set aside around 400 jobs for people from small, local businesses, the long term unemployed and graduates.
The programme will create up to 2,000 jobs in total, 1,600 installing meters and 400 in Irish Water’s call centre.
The installation of water meters will start in July this year and will run until September 2016, during which time over one million meters will be installed in homes across the country, the charges themselves will kick in in 2014.
Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government Phil Hogan said the jobs will be created with “particular focus on ensuring that skilled workers are given an opportunity to re-enter the workforce and for small businesses to benefit.
“Irish water will install 27,000 meters per month, which is a challenging target but deliverable by having local crews working on the ground,” said Minister Hogan. He added that sufficient training would be provided.
Irish Water is currently tendering for the provision of over one million meters and boundary boxes, as well as regional management contractors to run the metering programme and a customer call centre. It is expected that contracts will be awarded in May.