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Irish Water failing to tackle massive water leaks – Stanley

13 February, 2015 - by Brian Stanley TD

The Sinn Féin spokesperson on the Environment Brian Stanley TD has claimed that information on the level of leaks within the water system proves that Irish Water is failing to tackle deficiencies.  He was responding to reports that 40% of water will be lost through leaks in in 2015.

Deputy Stanley said:

“Once again, the basis for establishing Irish water has been exposed as a charade. We were told that the new entity would both prove to be more cost efficient and that it would quickly address the issue of massive leaks within the system.

“Instead, we now have a situation where the taxpayer has handed over almost €2 billion to Irish Water, with borrowing and further subventions to come, without any improvement. Indeed if anything supply and leaks will become worse due to the ham-fisted manner in which the metering programme is being rolled out.

“I have said from day one that if even half of what has been spent to date on Irish Water, including executive bonuses, consultants and legal advisors, had been spent on addressing leaks and other structural problems it would have been money better spent.”

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