POLITICIANS will no longer be allowed to 'gift' a new water treatment plant to their constituents.
That's because Irish Water will take over responsibility for planning and delivering all new capital projects from 2014, the Irish Independent has learned.
The move is part of a radical restructuring of the water network which will involve Irish Water taking control of all 950 public supplies in the State, and deciding which plants should be upgraded and where new ones will be built.
Until now, the Environment Minister approved all capital works but this power will be lost in just a year's time.
"Irish Water will take over the (water services investment) programme which is currently running in 2014," the company said.
The Department of the Environment currently oversees the Water Services Investment Programme, which runs until the end of 2013.