Labour TD Gerald Nash has branded MInister Phil Hogan’s water charge proposal that would see an the average household paying €240 a year as “premature”.
“Absolutely no decision has been taken on the level of charges for producing safe and clean water for households. The final cost needs to be informed by the principal of ability to pay; affordability; the true economic cost of producing water and the objective of conservation of water,” Nash told the Dundalk Democrat
“The proposals produced by Phil Hogan did nothing to address the question of affordability or conservation. They are premature.
“Everyone needs to be satisfied that the tariff structure is demonstrably fair and takes different household complexion; medical needs; ability to pay and incentives to conserve water fully into account. The Commission for Energy Regulation has started a process to ask the public for their views on this and I would urge people in Louth to engage in this process. Details on the process can be accessed at www.cer.ie/water.”