Water tax ‘senseless’ when leaks are endemic

Daragh Naughton, Fianna Fail area representative for Limerick City West
INTRODUCTION of water taxes makes little sense when up to half of all treated water in the country is being lost, according to Fianna Fail’s Daragh Naughton.

INTRODUCTION of water taxes makes little sense when up to half of all treated water in the country is being lost, according to Fianna Fail’s Daragh Naughton.

Dr Naughton is a chartered engineer and was recently appointed by Micheal Martin to represent the party in the new Limerick City West electoral area.

The whole approach to the water tax is “fundamentally flawed as the government has made no provision for the repair of the ailing existing water network”.

“Approximately 40-50% of all treated water currently leaks and is wasted and applying a tax on the domestic user while ignoring the elephant in the room makes no engineering sense. A more sensible approach would be to first attend to the aging infrastructure while simultaneously launching a campaign to conserve water.”

“I believe that the introduction of such a tax at this time is incorrect. I also have serious concerns about the possible future privatisation of the newly established Uisce Éireann as future privatisation will inevitably lead to increased charges.”

Dr Naughton is expected to go before a Fianna Fail convention with a view to running for the council in 2014.