Dummies guide to... The role of Irish Water
Despite the end of water charges, Irish Water will continue to operate.
Its funding will now come from general taxation, with the Government required to factor this into the annual budget.
The utility won't send out any bills, but will still operate a 'first fix free' service for householders who identify leaks.
Engineers will be responsible for upgrading the water network.
The committee has recommended Irish Water's current commercial loan facility be reviewed and replaced, where possible, with State lending facilities by arrangement with the National Treasury Management Agency (NTMA).
On foot of the water report, the Government must begin putting steps in place to hold a referendum asking voters if they want public ownership be enshrined in the Constitution.