Water charges ‘will be considerably higher’ than the average we’ve been given May 8, 2014Posted by WorldbyStorm in Economy, Irish Politics.
Once the rounded figure of 0.2 cent is used, a much clearer picture emerges as to the likely cost of the water and for many households the annual bill will be considerably higher than the average highlighted by Mr Hogan this week.
According to the Department of the Environment, the average person uses 51,000 litres of water each year. If the charge of 0.2 cent is applied to each litre, then the average annual cost for one person climbs to €102. When the free allowance of 30,000 litres per household, which Mr Hogan characterised as “generous”, is factored in, the cost for a family of two parents and two children over 18 quickly climbs to €348.
Which is a fair way higher than the €240 the Minister suggested would be the average. Given that the Irish Times in a Q&A already notes that post-2016 prices are expected to increase and more than likely double it does go more than some way to explain why this is an issue that has increasing prominence on doorsteps across the state.