Friday 24 November 2017

Irish Water reeks of inefficiency and waste -- €86m already and counting

Semi-state bodies are meant to get the best of the private and public worlds but here, again, we have the worst, writes Brendan O'Connor

John Tierney, MD Irish Water, and Environment Minister Phil Hogan
John Tierney, MD Irish Water, and Environment Minister Phil Hogan
Brendan O'Connor

Brendan O'Connor

You would think with all the fuss and all the money being spent on Irish Water that they were taking over the water supply in Ireland. But of course they're not. For the foreseeable future, for a decade or so at least, water in this country will continue to be provided the way it was always provided, by local councils.

In the words of the Department of the Environment: "Local authorities will not be engaged as agents of Irish Water for a considerable period of time . . . doing exactly what they do on a day-to-day basis at present, e.g., operating and maintaining water and waste level treatment plants and networks and finding and fixing leaks. Irish Water will be setting the level of service, in light of its contract with the regulator, and driving efficiencies and accelerated investment."

So the Government will be in charge of the regulator, who will have a contract with Irish Water, who will then have contracts with the local authorities.

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