Wednesday, 2 July 2014

Questions (122, 123)

Arthur Spring

Question:

122. Deputy Arthur Spring asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government the annual cost of water to the State on the date the memorandum of understanding was signed with the troika; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28691/14]

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Arthur Spring

Question:

123. Deputy Arthur Spring asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government the cost per household of water charges envisaged when the memorandum of understanding with the troika was signed; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28692/14]

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Written answers (Question to Environment)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 122 and 123 together.

The Programme of Support between the European Commission , the European Central Bank, the International Monetary Fund and Ireland, agreed in December 2010 , provided that the Government would undertake an independent assessment of transfer of responsibility for water services provision from local authorities to a water utility, and prepare proposals for implementation, as appropriate with a view to start charging for water within the Programme period.

In 2010 total expenditure on water services amounted to €1.235 billion comprised of €519 million provided by the Exchequer and operational expenditure by the local authorities of €716 million.