The CRU has today, 17 July 2019, published a Decision Paper, on Irish Water’s proposals regarding household water conservation i.e. excess usage charges.
This decision follows legislation introduced in 2017 which sets a household water allowance and provides for charging customers who use above a certain annual allowance (213,000 litres). This encourages households to conserve water and, where possible, identify and fix leaks in their water supply. Excess use charges are intended to promote conservation and personal responsibility for water use and help Ireland meet the requirements of the Water Framework Directive. Current CRU and Irish Water analysis indicates that the top 10% of households account for almost 40% of water services demand. The excess usage charge is intended to prompt behavioural change in this 10% and reduce overall water use.
In line with its legislative functions, the CRU publicly consulted on Irish Water’s proposal, and sought the views of customers and stakeholders. The CRU welcomes the respondents’ valuable input. Having considered their views, the CRU has now reached a decision to approve Irish Water’s proposal. The decision paper contains the submissions received from respondents, the CRU’s response to comments and an explanation of the CRU’s decisions.