The hidden depths of the water charge

You could have a meter fitted for less than €200, but the government is making you pay €800 - and that's just the tip of the iceberg, writes Richard Tol.

21st April, 2012
Water charges: the public debate has been distracted by the meter question.

In a somewhat haphazard style, the government announced more details of its reform of the water sector last week. Unfortunately, the plans are about as well-crafted as the announcements. Most people focused on the revelation that Father Christmas will not bring water meters this year and that they will have to be paid for. It does not matter much whether households pay upfront or over time, through higher taxes via the Department of Finance, or...

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