Water charges… March 15, 2016Posted by WorldbyStorm in Uncategorized.
Curious piece here by James Nix in the Irish Times about water charges last week. His argument is that water charges ‘help us respect a scarce resource’. Well it’s a theory, but precious little evidence to support the contention. It’s genuinely depressing seeing how many people buy into the charges model. But it is also deeply puzzling. This is a resource provision paid out of general taxation across many years. It is indeed underfunded but that fact doesn’t in any way support the imposition of charges. Indeed charges, whether based on consumption or not appear very much beside the point. It’s particularly dispiriting to see water consumption compared to Sky TV or whatever.
A useful series of links provided by one commentor undermines other aspects of the article, including assertions made about average personal use.
This article phrase includes the word “use”, which is not supported by published data on daily per person water use. If it is meant to be a ratio of water leaving water treatment plants to population size, that should be clearly stated.
“November 2015 suggest the average person in Ireland accounts for ** 400 ** litres of water use a day (146,000 litres a year), some five times higher than in Belgium.”
Dublin City Council’s figure is much lower at 148 l/p/d
DCC metric is similar to the data in the Pacific Institute, which in fact quantifies Irish domestic water use below that of Britain.
Remedial work on water distribution pre-dates Irish Water.
“The Dublin Region has been very proactive in managing water leakage since the mid 1990’s through the Active Leakage Reduction Programme and the Watermains Rehabilitation Programme. As a result leakage levels have been reduced from 43% to 29% from 1997 to 2009”
I hope that this data helps« less