The Government would be far better spending money on a leakage programme for the public pipe network than on domestic connections, claims Deputy Thomas Pringle.
He was commenting on the Government’s First Fix Scheme.
Deputy Pringle, who previously worked in the Water Department of Donegal County Council, said the figures speak for themselves.
He said “If we look at the figures, the scheme proves to be very expensive. 7% of the meters read (413,000 in total) showed leaks and a total of 30,000 leaks were detected amounting to 20 million litres of water lost each day.
“The Government is committing €51m to fix these leaks and by my calculations that means the Government will spend €2 per litre of water lost based on IW spokesperson figures quoted today. Even if this scheme is 100% successful, over 40% of treated water will still be going to be lost.
“In my view this is a wasteful spend and money would be better used to fix leaks on the public water network. This is where the real leaks are.”
He added that the amount of water lost each day on the public network amounts to 275 million litres and means they would need €550m in total to address this.
A network leakage Programme would be far more cost effective, he said.
“At this rate, the €51m used towards the domestic network ‘first fix scheme’ will prove very expensive.
“There is no incentive for people to fix domestic leaks if they cause no damage or increase utility bills. It is purely an attempt by the Government to get citizens to comply while upgrading the meter-to-home infrastructure to facilitate the future privatisation of our water resources” concludes Pringle.Tags: