Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has promised those who have paid their water charges they will get a full refund by the end of the year, according to reports at the weekend.According to RTE roughly €170 million has been collected in water charges before the controversial levy was abandoned by the Government earlier this year. The Irish Examiner understands the system for refunds, amounting to over €300 for some households, will be brought to Cabinet in September with the intention of starting payments then. Some households had received a €100 refund two years ago and it seems this will not be factored in the refund calculation. Former housing minister Simon Coveney reiterated that the Government would ensure that meters would be introduced in newly built homes in addition to the refunds. The moves is a result of the Dáil approving the report of the Committee on the Future Funding of Water Services. The new model for funding water will, it seems, be based on a government-backed fund with penalties applied to users for excessive use. Full details of how this will work have yet to emerge.
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