Thursday 23 March 2017

Hydration once again: we can sort this out

Martina Devlin

Martina Devlin

Anti-water charges protesters make their way down Dublin’s O’Connell St in February. Photo: Frank McGrath
Anti-water charges protesters make their way down Dublin’s O’Connell St in February. Photo: Frank McGrath

Let's start with positive news - water charges have passed the point of resuscitation and it's only a matter of time before they are declared officially dead. Some less happy news is that the swollen mega-quango known as Irish Water can't be dismantled without funnelling more money into its swamp-like belly.

Since we appear to be stuck with Irish Water, at least steps can be taken to make the body fit for purpose. And there are advantages to having a central water utility in public ownership, as with the NRA for roads and the ESB for electricity.

So, the following four measures ought to be introduced. First: establish a system where a fair allowance is allocated based on household size. No change there, but users pay for any excess.

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