ICSA PRESIDENT WARNS FARMERS MUST NOT BE USED TO SUBSIDISE WATER CHARGE REDUCTIONS

Increase in current water rates ‘would be intolerable.’

Sligo News File Online.

ICSA president Patrick Kent has said that it would be intolerable if current water charges for farmers were to increase as a result of the formation of Irish Water.

ICSA President, Patrick Kent
ICSA President, Patrick Kent

Farmers, said Mr. Kent, have been paying for water for years, either via the public supply system,  through group water schemes or through the cost of providing their own supply, and have put up with it.

“However, there is concern that these charges may increase under Irish Water, something that would be completely unacceptable,” he said

“Farmers must not be used to subsidise cuts to the original planned charges for households.

“Drystock farmers in particular have taken huge financial hits in recent years, and any increase in their water charges would be a step too far.”