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Water charges ‘will be considerably higher’ than the average we’ve been given May 8, 2014

Posted by WorldbyStorm in Economy, Irish Politics.

So says a report in the Irish Times today.

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.


1. Antoin o lachtnain - May 8, 2014

There are 2.7 people in the average household. Going by that logic the charge for this mythical average household is going to be 275 euros or thereabouts. I know it is new-fangled, but is it really wrong to charge 340 euros to a household with four earners or potential earners?


Liberius - May 8, 2014

“Public Health. Seventh Report,” 1865, p. 242. It is therefore nothing unusual either for the landlord to raise a labourer’s rent as soon as he hears that he is earning a little more, or for the farmer to lower the wage of the labourer, “because his wife has found a trade,”

Same argument, different context.



CMK - May 8, 2014



ejh - May 8, 2014

Charge the newborn, say I, freeloading bastards that they are


CMK - May 8, 2014

What kind of a world will they grow up in if they believe they have fundamental rights to the basics of human subsistence. What’ll motivate them and incentivise them?


2. Gewerkschaftler - May 8, 2014

Does anyone know what rates for large corporations are. Is this another case where everyone across the board, whether they can pay or not, are subsidising the big boys?


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