Friday 22 February 2019

'Excessive water usage charge' among key proposals in water committee draft document

padraig o ceidigh
padraig o ceidigh

Niall O'Connor

The Water Charges debate has created a political storm.

Here are the key proposals contained in a draft document prepared by water committee chairman Pádraig Ó Ceidigh, which have been seen by Independent.ie.

The key proposal about excessive water usage is the subject of a row between Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil.

  • An excessive water usage charge under the polluter pays principle to comply with EU law
  • Refunds for households which have paid their bills
  • Domestic meters already installed to be retained and requirement for all new builds to have meters installed
  • Tax/welfare benefit for those who voluntarily take up a domestic meter
  • Waivers for users with high consumption who have certified medical conditions
  • Tax relief for the installation of systems that reduce water consumption
  • Consideration for those on group water schemes
  • All new buildings must incorporate water conservation fittings
  • Referendum to keep Irish Water in public ownership
  • Establishment of a Drinking Water Inspectorate, similar to the UK
  • Make the Public Water forum an advisor to the Commission for Energy Regulation (CER)

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