Monday 24 July 2017

Paul Melia: Funding is the big issue now

Photo: Reuters
Photo: Reuters
Paul Melia

Paul Melia

There's nothing new in the Remedial Action List published today, beyond an update on just how much in need of investment our water network is. While it makes for grim reading, it's important to note that these supplies are not providing unsafe water.

What the watchdog is saying, is that they are at risk of being unable to produce clean and safe water unless major investment is made.

On this front, Irish Water is moving in the right direction. It promises to invest €2bn up to 2021, and says that all supplies will be upgraded. That assumes, of course, that the utility is still in existence, and that the necessary funding is there.

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