Europe's environmental watchdogs are taking Ireland to court over the pumping of raw sewage into rivers and the sea.
“Now that we have the infrastructure to read the meters, having an extra 20,000, 30,000 or 40,000 meters is no great burden at all.”
It has been revealed that the cost of billing at Irish Water is €25 million a year.
Fianna Fáil has come under fire for its position on water charges, in the latest Dáil debate on water charges.
Irish Water has pleaded guilty to failing to implement a plan to improve drinking water quality in Carraroe in Co Galway and was ordered to give €3,000 to charity to avoid a criminal conviction.
Irish Water will need almost €300m from the Government to make up the cost of water charges.