Saturday 10 December 2016

State must own up to real cost of water

Published 31/05/2014 | 02:30

A battle rages about the addition of fluoride to tap water
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POLITICIANS like to set up expert groups to examine controversial issues. The reports and conclusions of such groups allow leaders to inject great distances between themselves and bitter political pills. If the pills prove poisonous, the group's recommendations can always be ignored – or at least put away on a shelf somewhere and allowed to gather dust.

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It is hard not to adopt this view when considering the revelations today on water charges and the 'Report of the Inter-departmental Working Group on Affordability Measures', seen by the Irish Independent.

The group has found that the real cost of running water services will be close to €500 per home – double the bill paid by the average family. It also found tens of thousands will simply not be able to afford water charges – and unpaid bills will ultimately result in higher bills for those who can pay.

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