Thursday 19 October 2017

Us culchies know it costs money to make water usable

Water charge protesters in Swords
Water charge protesters in Swords
Sarah Carey

Sarah Carey

I'VE been listening to the water charges row with a certain sense of distance, and that’s not a metaphor.

I live in a rural area and therefore won’t be a “customer” of Irish Water. Like most rural dwellers too far from town, we have a private well and “waste water treatment system” that deals with our poo. I have to admit when the form arrived from Irish Water it felt like I’d won €500 in the Lotto.

So I’ve kept the head down a bit - apart from pointing out that the EU passed a law in 2000 giving us 15 years to bring in domestic water rates. With 7 weeks to go, we’re barely meeting the deadline. However there’s one argument being made against charges that seems clever but has irked me.

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