He has also called for those who have not paid water charges to be pursued for the debts.
A special commission last month recommended most homes get water for free.
“The average usage in Ireland is about 46,000 litres. To be exact it is about 123 litres per day for an average adult.
“We need to be at the national average and probably a little bit more than that so that people who are using water will have some flexibility around being a little bit above the average or below the average,” Mr Coveney said.
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