Report needed on water issues
A FULL report on Meath’s ‘critical water infrastructure’ needs to be provided to elected members of the council ‘ at the earliest opportunity,’ local Sinn Fein councillor Eimear Ferguson states.
In a motion to the full council meeting, urging details, she said she’d like to thank everyone involved in helping getting water to as many of the public as possible during the recent water crisis.
‘We all recognise that Meath face significant challenges in achieving a sustainable water and sewerage service that meets the environmental needs and obligations. One that is affordable in the current economic climate and delivers a reliable, high quality service that the public deserve and expect.
‘ Sinn Féin oppose the introduction of any double taxation as a method of providing vital public services and we opposed the establishment of the quango that is Irish Water. Our position has always been water infrastructure in this country needs urgent investment due to years of chronic underfunding and this should be done through progressive general taxation. This position is supported by the expert commission set up by this Government.
‘ We know by the amount of planning applications that the building industry is starting to get back up and running in County Meath, the commuter County (as per latest CSO commuter figures), a satellite of Dublin. Are we ready for this? Is our water and wastewater infrastructure ready for this?’
Major repairs had to take place on a main pipe at Staleen