Utility has no hope of winning public acceptance without investment
Given the uncertainty surrounding the question of water, the commitment by the Government to ring-fence the €5.5bn needed to upgrade the network is welcomed.
But the bigger question is how, and when, that money will be allocated.
The water regulator, the Commission for Energy Regulation (CER), is considering Irish Water's capital investment plan, which sets out almost 340 projects across the State which it says are in need of major upgrades.
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