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Iains BS: Ecoloon or Green Hero (92* d) RE: BS: Ecoloon or Green Hero 27 Apr 19

The overwhelming protests (which, despite the blusterings of our resident moron) had lasted since the late 1990s, finally won the day and the scheme has now been abandoned totally

The Oireachtas has approved the committee’s report. Its recommendations include:

    Domestic water charging under the Water Services Act 2014 should be discontinued and replaced by alternative arrangements, as outlined in the committee’s report
    Domestic water use should be funded through general taxation
    The Water Services Act 2007 should be amended to ensure that wastage, excess use or wilful abuse of water can be addressed, using incentives, levies and other measures proposed in the report
    Conservation of water resources should be embedded as a principle of water policy and a cross-departmental strategy should be developed to increase water conservation
    The principles of equity of treatment and equivalent financial support should be applied equally between households using public water and wastewater systems and households using other systems
    The most effective combination of metering (including the existing stock of domestic meters) should be used in order to promote conservation through leak reduction
    All new domestic buildings should incorporate water conservation fittings
    The role of the Public Water Forum should be further developed and the legislation establishing it should be reviewed
   An overall review of the strategy based on this report should take place after 5 years
    A referendum should be held on the issue of water services continuing in public ownership

60+% of mains supplied properties have water meters. They are still being installed.

The issue of charging as opposed to funding out of general taxation has not gone away.

Those with private warterwells and private treatment works in effect subsidise those with mains services.
This is hardly fair. To even the playing field perhaps private well drilling, septic tank installation and all associated costs should also be funded by general taxation.

Facts, facts and more facts and still the resident troublemaker argues!

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