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Water Charges Return – Ó Broin

18 July, 2019 - by Eoin Ó Broin TD

Sinn Féin spokesperson on Water Eoin Ó Broin TD has commented on the Commission for Regulation of Utilities decision to introduce a charging regime for domestic water users for so-called excessive use.

Deputy Ó Broin said:

“The CRU has published proposals for charging domestic water users for so-called excessive use.

“Sinn Féin opposed this proposal when it was thrown together by Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael in 2017 in an attempt to kick the water charges issue down the road.

“A public consultation on the issue was launched by the CRU in March 2019 and the proposals remain the same.

“Irish Water propose to charge households a €1.85-unit rate charge per 1,000 litres of water and waste water consumed over the annual allowance.

“This new charge would be capped at €500 for both water and waste-water.

“There is no credible evidence to support claims that Irish households wilfully waste water.

“It highly likely that undetected leaks are the culprit in homes where higher than average use is detected.

“43% of our water is wasted in leaking pipes and infrastructure.  The focus should be on detecting leaks and assisting homeowner in fixing these through an expanded find and fix service.

“Charging for so-called excessive use is the result of a backroom deal between Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael and leave a future government with the opportunity to reintroduce a domestic charge.” 

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