Abolish Water Charges

The money being charged on domestic water charges is not being used to run, or to upgrade, the water system. Even if everyone paid their water bill, the money collected would do nothing other can cover the costs of the water meters and the costs of billing.

Here’s what the Social Democrats are proposing:

  • Water charges should be abolished, as should the conservation grant.
  • The meter rollout should be stopped.
  • A full and open financial review of Irish Water should be conducted to identify what cost savings can be achieved each year and how they can be reinvested in the water system.
  • Irish Water should be abolished and reconstituted as a public body, rather than as a commercial semi-state, to ensure it can never be privatised.
  • Public ownership should be protected via a referendum to change the Constitution.


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