Tuesday 6 December 2016

Empty vessels making most noise over water

Published 30/03/2016 | 02:30

Given that it is a substance on which all our lives depend, it is a wonder we are so feckless with it. Stock image
Given that it is a substance on which all our lives depend, it is a wonder we are so feckless with it. Stock image

Given that it is a substance on which all our lives depend, it is a wonder we are so feckless with it.

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Much of the piping under the capital's streets was put down when Queen Victoria was still a toddler, so we should not be overly shocked at the news that 250,000 households may be hit with boil water notices, or that Irish Water fears more than 50pc of its drinking treatment plants could be at risk.

While none of this is especially surprising after decade upon decade of under-investment, it does raise serious questions about the wisdom of abolishing water charges.

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