Wednesday, 8 May 2019

Questions (1512)

Robert Troy

Question:

1512. Deputy Robert Troy asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government if he approved the significant increases in the cost of domestic connections which came into effect on 1 April 2019. [19362/19]

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Written answers (Question to Housing)

Since 1 January 2014, Irish Water has statutory responsibility for all aspects of water services planning, delivery and operation at national, regional and local levels. Responsibility for the independent economic regulation of the water sector is assigned to the Commission for Regulation of Utilities (CRU). As Minister, I do not have a role in determining charging arrangements and must respect fully the statutory powers and functions which the Oireachtas has conferred on the CRU in relation to this matter.

I understand that the CRU, informed by a multi-stage public consultation process, published its decision on Irish Water’s Connection Charging Policy on 18 December 2018, and the approved Connection Charging Policy came into effect on 1 April 2019, subject to various time-bound transitional arrangements relevant to customers who had made their initial applications on or before 31 March 2019.

It may also be helpful to note that Irish Water has established a dedicated team to deal with representations and queries from public representatives. The team can be contacted via email at oireachtasmembers@water.ie or by telephone on a dedicated number, 1890 578 578.