irish flagDonegal, Ireland --- (METERING.COM) --- April 5, 2007 – The Irish Farmers’ Association, which represents 85,000 farm families in the country, has raised concerns about the possible impacts that the introduction of water metering could have on its members.

These concerns relate specifically to the issue of leakage. Farmers are worried that they could be hit by water bills amounting to thousands of euros if their water supply is metered and if there is a leak in their extensive system of water pipes.

The IFA is suggesting that measures should be put in place to ensure that an appeals process is put in place to assist farmers who find themselves in such a situation.

The county of Donegal is busy installing approximately 10,000 meters in non-domestic premises; at present only a small percentage of farms have been given meters.