Sunday 22 October 2017

Decades of neglect of water infrastructure comes home to roost

Firefighter Declan Carey fills local man Peter Farrell’s water containers in Ashbourne, Co Meath. Photo: Collins
Firefighter Declan Carey fills local man Peter Farrell’s water containers in Ashbourne, Co Meath. Photo: Collins
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The burst water main that has consequences for people who live in or near Drogheda, and the refunding of water charges are covered in the media by the day at present. That situation is a result of decades of under-funding and neglect of the water/sewerage infrastructure by those responsible, but that fact is seldom mentioned.

That is a continuation of the failure of the Irish media over the same decades-long period to highlight the fact the system was leaking up to 50pc of its water.

When the country was bankrupted by the decisions of many of the same people who ignored the water/sewage problems, a water charge was approved in the budget and agreed with the ECB/IMF when they were approving an €85bn bailout for this country in 2010.

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