Senator Denis Landy welcomed the publication of the Report on Sustainable and Clean Water Provision by the Joint Committee on Environment, Transport, Culture and Gaeltacht.
It is the result of many hearings taking views and evidence from a broad range of stakeholders.
A member of the committee, Senator Landy said: “This report outlines key findings that I believe must be taken on board during the establishment of the new Irish Water utility to ensure Irish people get a clean, safe and sustainable water supply.
“Irish Water must remain in public ownership and I welcome this finding in the report. This will allow for the introduction of one national tariff for water, with a fair and just waiver scheme that protects low income and struggling households. I would ask the Minister to accept this key finding.
“Further, there must be a strong voice for citizens in Irish Water, so that customers can voice their concerns, problems and issues as they arise. Making this new utility subject to the Freedom of Information legislation will be a crucial part of achieving this, and I urge the Government to ensure this recommendation is followed.
For Irish Water, it must be a key priority that mandatory leakage rates are set regionally so that the problems we are encountering today become a legacy of the past, and that this expensive resource is not wasted through escape into the ground”.
Senator Landy said that there was an extensive amount of work done in compiling this report and hopes that the findings of the report will be debated shortly with the Minister in the coming weeks.