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Comment #357637 by Angela Barrett

Angela Barrett Apr 18th 2012, 4:17 PM #

I wouldnt mind too much paying for the water if it was drinkable. Im on a public supply and anytime i pour a glass of water it smells like im about to drink a glass of bleach. You just couldntt drink it, its absolutly disgusting and i will refuse to pay for it

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Expect your first water bill in late 2014, says Phil Hogan

Expect your first water bill in late 2014, says Phil Hogan

Environment minister couldn’t say how much it will cost consumers, but said a standing charge would be involved.

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    Favourite Kevin O'Sullivan
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    Apr 18th 2012, 9:03 PM

    The whole point of a water charge is to fix this and many other problems with our shambolic water supply. Refusing to pay wont fix the problem you have.

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    Favourite Angela Barrett
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    Apr 18th 2012, 10:28 PM

    @kevin. Would u pay for a bad pint? or would u give it back, expect the owner to clean the lines and then hand u out your perfect pint that u are more than happy to pay for. When mr Hogan can provide me with perfect water, i will pay him. Why doesn’t he use the reserve pension fund to fix our water system, im sure he would have a lot less controversy following him re meters etc if he did.

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    Favourite Kevin O'Sullivan
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    Apr 19th 2012, 12:09 AM

    Angela; There are cases where you could argue the opposite. Their were companies involved in road building who had strikes because the government didn’t pay them so they couldn’t pay for suppliers or staff. The same can be said for some FAS Schemes that are currently suspended – FAS wants the state to pay up front before it will do the work, because it cant afford it without the money.

    The money has to come from somewhere to fix the problem. Plus, water quality isn’t a massive problem. Take another big hefty loan out? Than introduce charges and hope the charges be enough to meet the repayment demands? Its a big risk.

    This way, with both state funding and funding from the taxpayer through usage and standard rates – Irish Water gets to start fixing all the problems, improving our supply and providing a proper service. It will take time, of course. But there is no other solution.

    Remember, we all pay our taxes. Do you refuse to pay Motor Tax because many roads have potholes or are in poor condition? Do you refuse to pay your taxes full stop because a service from the state is poor? The taxes we all grew up with people get on with and pay. Since the formation of the state and introduction of taxes we have been “paying as we go”. For decades we paid the state well before a service was fully there. We continue to pay it for the upkeep and expansion. This is what a tax is about.

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    Favourite Lamb
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    Apr 19th 2012, 7:41 AM

    If we are paying for water going forward, can someone tell me if we can sue the government for shortages for problems with the water supply?

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