Stanley accuses Irish Water of presiding over destruction of water services
The Sinn Féin spokesperson on the Environment Brian Stanley has accused Irish Water of presiding over the effective destruction of the water service. He was responding to the latest revelations regarding the enormous capital budget available to the company.
Deputy Stanley said:
“While it is now admitted that the level of water wastage is approaching 50%, the amount being spent in Irish Water on addressing leaks and mains rehabilitation is actually lower than that spent annually prior to the decision to establish the new entity.
“Prior to the decision to establish Irish Water the state was spending on average €430 million a year on water infrastructure, including mains rehabilitation and leaks. Irish Water spent just under €300 million in the last year on capital works, despite wasting hundreds of millions of euro of public funds on meters and consultants and yet it has an enormous budget, which will amount to almost €1.8 billion between 2014 and 2016.
“When one adds to that, the fact that people will now be charged for water, there are serious questions to be asked. Irish Water has already accounted for nearly €600 million for a water meter programme they were advised by Bord Gáis was not needed, and on top of that have spent tens of millions more on bonuses for executives, legal fees and over €85 million in consultancy fees.”