Friday 28 April 2017

Subsidies to rise for those in group water schemes

Increased subsidies will have to be paid to householders using group water schemes as a result of the plan to scrap water charges. (Stock picture)
Increased subsidies will have to be paid to householders using group water schemes as a result of the plan to scrap water charges. (Stock picture)
Kevin Doyle

Kevin Doyle

Increased subsidies will have to be paid to householders using group water schemes as a result of the plan to scrap water charges.

Twenty TDs and senators charged with finding a compromise on the issue will today consider another draft document.

As previously revealed by the Irish Independent, the committee has agreed fines will be applied for the "wilful wastage" of water. This is to be defined as 1.7 times the average consumption levels.

The latest version of the report says that normal domestic water will be funded through general taxation but that money must be "clearly identifiable" in the country's accounts. This means the State will be a customer of Irish Water.

Future Budgets are likely to see the subsidies paid to householders on group water schemes significantly increased.

Around 6pc of the population get their drinking water from group water schemes.

Currently an annual subsidy per house is available for the operational cost of providing water.

Up to €70 is paid to each house supplied from an Irish Water source and up to €140 for houses using a private well.

The document states the Department of Housing, in co-ordination with the National Federation of Group Water Schemes, must conduct a review "to quantify what additional investment will be required to equalise treatment between those availing of domestic water services and those availing of private services".

Irish Independent

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