Investment in actual Water Supply Infrastructure replaced by worthless Water Meters – Tóibín
Meath Right2Water Chair and Sinn Féin TD Peadar Tóibín has called the government to implement an ambitious water supply capital investment programme in the Meath Louth region.
An Teachta Tóibín said:
“It’s clear that the infrastructure that we depend upon is creaking at the seams. Not only is 40% of the water leaking from the supply system before the water reaches homes at a significant annual cost to citizens, now we can see that the collapse of 50 year old infrastructure is wiping out the supply to whole regions.
“This has not happened by accident. Infrastructural spend has been significantly reduced by Fine Gael to such a level that Ireland has the second lowest infrastructural spend in the EU. Money that should have been invested into actual water supply infrastructure has been diverted by the government into the installation of Water Meters that will have no practical use in the future.
“Fine Gael has sought to play a three card trick on the citizens of this state. On one level they state that they have averted economic disaster. In actual fact, through debt and infrastructure decay, the have robbed from the future to pay for yesterday. 50,000 homes and business in Louth and Meath will be without water until the weekend. Communities throughout the state don’t know who will be next.”