Saturday 19 August 2017

Utility has no hope of winning public acceptance without investment

It currently costs around €1bn to operate the Irish Water network on a day-to-day basis
It currently costs around €1bn to operate the Irish Water network on a day-to-day basis
Paul Melia

Paul Melia

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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