Saturday 24 February 2018

Irish Water keeping 40pc of total spending on network

LOCAL authorities have been given some €281m to operate the water network this year – almost €200m less than the amount allocated by Government.

Figures released under Freedom of Information rules show Irish Water has retained more than 40pc of the total spending provided to operate the network.

The company said it was purchasing equipment, chemicals and supplies to treat water centrally, meaning councils did not incur these bills. The Department of the Environment said there were also large payments to be made to contractors who built and operated infrastructure under public private partnerships, while maintenance contracts were also being funded.

For 2014, the Government allocated €486m to Irish Water.

Irish Water said the local authority allocation was based on the number of staff, plus operating costs.

Paul Melia

Irish Independent

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