* To ask the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government if persons with a long-term illness or disability will receive an extra allowance or waiver in relation to charges for water usage, particularly when experiencing medical problems such as arthritis, the symptoms of which can be alleviated through the therapeutic use of water.
– Seán Kyne TD
The Progamme for Government provides for the introduction of a fair funding model to deliver clean and reliable water. The objective is to install water meters in households and move to a charging system based on usage above a free allowance. My Department is currently preparing a strategy to implement these proposals, including the level of the free allowance and the potential impacts on vulnerable groups. Further details will be made available when the Government has considered the proposals.