Social equity must be central to new household water charges in Ireland

Social equity must be central to new household water charges in Ireland

As debate grows over how to protect and manage water services in Ireland, GBE highlights the need for a fair pricing structure that reduces waste and supports households equitably. An expert commission tasked with determining the best approach to fund domestic public water services in Ireland is shortly expected to outline its conclusions. The protection, management and maintenance of water services has been a key point of political debate in […]

GBE’s James Nix: water charges help us respect a scarce resource

GBE’s James Nix: water charges help us respect a scarce resource

Putting a price on water prompts us not to waste it, decreasing the overall amount that must be treated and pumped. Remove water charging and the financial incentive to use water sparingly is gone. Other taxes would need to rise to cover the higher volumes of water that need to be supplied. A likely outcome of removing the charges would be that more money would be needed than was previously […]