There is little doubt that people running taps during Emmageddon contributed to reservoirs being depleted. Burst water mains obviously had an impact but the wasteful running of taps by some households exacerbated the situation.
This has led to current water restrictions in the Greater Dublin area which #IrishWater says could last for “the foreseeable future”. Some Dublin listeners to The Pat Kenny Show (#PKNT) reported no water supply at all.
If folks were being monitored and charged for excessive running of taps, it is unlikely we would have had the current water problem to the same extent.
It is worth remembering that when metering was installed and charges were being made, water demand reduced significantly as householders became more careful.
Because of the economically illogical elimination of household water charges, an essential service, which requires huge investment, must once again take its place at the back of the queue when general taxation is being distributed.
I’m thinking of running for the Dail on a platform that Government should pay for my weekly consumption of Guinness.
But how will we fund this you ask? No problem. This will be paid for out of general taxation. I already pay handsomely into Government coffers through income tax, PRSI, USC, VAT, property charges etc.
In effect, I’m being forced to pay twice for my Guinness.
But surely my consumption of Guinness is likely to increase if I get it for free?
I might even take a bath in it.