Domestic water metering programme must be halted- David Cullinane TD
Sinn Féin TD and spokesperson for Public Expenditure and Reform David Cullinane has called for the domestic water metering programme to be halted.
Deputy Cullinane said:
“Sinn Féin has consistently stated that allocating €500m on for the installation of domestic water meters was a mistake. We said time and time again that this money should have been invested in fixing the decrepit water infrastructure which is the main source of water wastage.
“Decades of under-investment in our water infrastructure and sanitation services by governments lead by Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil has led to over half of our water being wasted due to leaks in the system. District metering would have helped solve this problem.
“The installation of domestic water meters was not primarily to encourage conservation; it was to introduce a charging regime, which did not take in account people’s ability to pay.
“The unspent monies of over €140m that was allocated towards the misguided metering programme should be reallocated to other areas earmarked for capital expenditure by Irish Water.”