When were the water protests in Ireland?

On 18 April 2015, a march of approximately 15,000 people took place to protest water charges. The protest included a symbolic binning of water bills. On 29 August 2015, a march of “tens of thousands” (80,000 according to organisers) marched in Dublin to protest water charges.

Why was Irish Water set up?

The company was created by the Irish Government through the Water Services Act (2013), which formally created Irish Water as a subsidiary of Bord Gáis, to provide “safe, clean and affordable water and waste water services” to water users in Ireland.

When did Irish Water take over?

Incorporated in July 2013 as a company under the Water Services Act 2013, Irish Water brought water and wastewater services of the 31 local authorities together under one national service provider.

How much did Irish Water cost?

Irish Water will charge €1.85 per cubic meter (1,000 litres) for usage over the threshold (see ‘Water allowance’ above). The charge will be capped at €250 per year for water and €250 per year for wastewater services. So, the maximum charge for excess water usage will be €500 per year.

Who pays for water in Ireland?

All commercial organisations and non-domestic customers must pay water charges if water is being supplied for their use. Examples of non-domestic customers includes hospitals, health centres, schools and clubs. There are two types of accounts for commercial water charges, metered and unmetered.

Is water metered in Ireland?

Your Meter. A water meter is a device which measures the amount of water supplied to your property. Approximately 1 million domestic customers have had meters installed by Irish Water while the vast majority of non-domestic customers are also metered.

Who introduced water charges in Ireland?

As part of a Programme of Assistance agreed with the EC-ECB-IMF ‘troika’ in November 2010, the Fianna Fáil-Green Party government committed to introducing domestic water charges in 2012/2013.

Who is liable for water rates?

Currently, the Water Industry Act 1991 gives water companies the power to levy charges on the ‘occupier’ of the property. However, the occupier is not defined by the Act and so currently the landlord is not liable to water companies if the tenants do not pay their water bill.

Can Irish Water cut you off?

‘As a minimum, Irish Water will issue at least one direct disconnection notice in writing at least five working days in advance of carrying out a disconnection. No disconnections will be carried out on a Friday, Saturday, Sunday, eve of a Public Holiday or a Public Holiday,’ the spokesperson said.

Is there a water bill in Ireland?

Water charges were introduced in Ireland back in January 2015 – but they didn’t last very long . A third extension of the suspension of water charges until 31st Dec 2017 was put in place in July 2017. Water Charges were no longer suspended from January 2018.

How Clean is Ireland’s water?

In general in Ireland, water resources are abundant and 83% of drinking water comes from surface water….Water supply and sanitation in the Republic of Ireland.

Access to an improved water source 100%
Access to improved sanitation 99%
Average urban water use 80 litres/capita/day (2016)
Water receiving secondary treatment 94% (2015)

Is Ireland water safe to drink?

The tap water in Dublin, Ireland, is safe to drink. The record shows that 99.9% of public drinking water samples taken complied with microbiological standards. And 99.6% of samples complied with the chemical rules. Generally, bigger towns like Dublin, you should feel secure to drink the tap water.