Ireland’s Twitter users respond to first day of water charges

1 Oct 2014

'Get outta that, cat, you're costing us!'

Water charges come into effect across Ireland today, and while another bill to pay puts a dampener on consumers’ pocket books, the new charges have ignited reaction on Twitter.

RTÉ has reported that the Commission for Energy Regulation has said customers of Irish Water are to have their metered charges capped at an assessed rate for the first nine months of use, and that under the charges a family of two adults and two children will pay an annual water bill of around €278.

Customers of Irish Water can expect to receive their first bill in January.

More immediately, however, #watercharges has been trending on microblogging site Twitter, with tweets about showering, bathroom usage, and the Irish Government.

Cat drinking from tap image via Shutterstock

Tina Costanza was a journalist and sub-editor at Silicon Republic