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Water charges should be rejected – Ó Snodaigh

29 October, 2010 - by Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD

Spokesperson for the No Water Charges campaign Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD has rejected the promotion of water charges by UCD Professor Frank Condrey today. Ó Snodaigh argued that water meters are not about protecting the environment rather their purpose is to bail out the banks.

Ó Snodaigh said, “The fairest way to charge people for water is through the general tax system. Water meters and charges are not about conservation or the cost of production.

“The government’s own figures clearly indicate that the public distribution network is the principle source of waste rather than the householder and investment in active leak management at that infrastructural level would more than pay for itself.

“The sole purpose of water charges is to make up the revenue shortfall arising from the bank bailout.” ENDS

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