Saturday 25 February 2017

Water experts 'will explore all avenues' - then it's politicians' problem again

Amid a rocky start for the commission examining water charges, questions have been raised about its members

Cormac McQuinn

Cormac McQuinn

Anti-Austerity Alliance TD Paul Murphy
Anti-Austerity Alliance TD Paul Murphy

'Ireland is alone within the EU in not charging water users," said Xavier Leflaive, one of the members of the Government's Expert Commission that will examine the future of how to fund water services here.

He said that fewer countries are using flat charges and there is an increased use of meters to reflect actual water consumption.

"It is well acknowledged now that metering is the best [system]. It's fair and efficient," Mr Leflaive added.

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