In Reply to: re: Water in Castlebar posted by The Independent on January 03, 2015 at 18:23:57:
Investment has been inadequate and technical abilities, shall we say, patchy too across the country. Roscommon has been on a boil notice for years. Ennis had boil notices for years. Galway had a major Cryptosporidium outbreak - even at the height of the celtic tiger days when we were awash with money. Dublin's water supply is on a knife edge. Over 40 towns and villages discharge raw sewage directly into the sea or local rivers. All because not enough money or coordinated effort was put into the thing.
The old way wasn't working very well for some at least.
MORE money is needed whatever way you look at it. That is blindingly obvious. (But also better coordination and higher technical standards.) Existing taxes were insufficient to provide us with a good 21st Century water supply and proper treatment of sewage. Frankly a lot of what we still have is third world although improving.
The smart idea of getting additional investment by taking the 50% of the required money off the national books - for which read off the taxpayers back - seems more than sensible?
Nobody likes paying more taxes but paying for water at the tap will immediately take Dublin off its supply knife edge and reduce wastage right across the country. Money that is ring-fenced for water investment will also cut down on lumps of sh1t flowing down our rivers and onto our bathing beaches and shellfish growing areas.
The problem with the removal of local rates in 1977 is that since then everything has gone into central funds allowing a small group of people to decide where to spend it. (Before that local authorities had more local control on infrastructure investment not as you say since the foundation of the state).
Central taxation means that political exigencies of the moment or the strength of a particular minister v his cabinet colleagues that will dictate where your tax money is spent. Less sexy department get less - and for sure sewage plants are not sexy. Now at least water money will be spent on water and not on Charvey shirts or roads or schools.