September 2014: Early Childhood Ireland Water Submission

In July 2014 we consulted with members on the issue of water charges. Informed by our survey and interviews, we are calling on government and Irish Water to provide for…

September 2014: Early Childhood Ireland Water Submission

Irish Water has been established by Government to provide water and wastewater services to all homes and businesses connected to the public water system. The Commission for Energy Regulation’s (CER) role is to protect the interests of water customers, to ensure water services are delivered in a safe, secure and sustainable way and that Irish Water operates in an economic and efficient manner. The CER is the body responsible for ensuring that the prices that Irish Water charges to customers are fair and reasonable. They recently published a consultation paper that presents the findings of the CER’s review of Irish Water’s Interim Price Control 2014-2016 submission and Irish Water’s Water Charges Plan, which comprises costs and associated tariffs for the period 1st October 2014 – 31st December 2016 to which we have responded with our Water Submission.

 

What we are seeking:

In July 2014 Early Childhood Ireland consulted with members on the issue of water charges. Informed by our survey and interviews, we are calling on government and Irish Water to provide for:

  1. Exemption from water charges for all children in funded early childhood preschool provision (those services delivering the Government ECCE scheme)
  2. Water allowances for every child in all other early childhood care and education settings (sessional, full and part-time day care)
  3. Exemption from water charges in early education services where the water quality is substandard
  4. Reinstatement of funding for the Green Preschools Programme
  5. Continued research on water consumption

 

Read our full Water Submission here.

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