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