A successful transition to Irish Water will rely heavily on achieving buy-in from relevant sections of Irish society, especially water users. This in turn is contingent on the ability to communicate key messages such as fairness, value for money and improved environmental performance.
Although non-domestic water prices are currently in line with those in the UK, significant upward pressures exist, partly driven by an urgent need for remedial investments. The CER faces a major task in collecting and verifying the data needed for effective economic regulation of the utility. In this regard, benchmarking the utility’s performance against international best practice may be a useful means of driving the improvements that are necessary.
A number of crucial decisions need to be taken by the Government before the end of 2012 in order for the regulator to be able to introduce supply tariffs (domestic and non-domestic) by 2014. Conversely, if meeting the milestones that have been agreed with the Troika results in decisions being without adequate analysis or consideration, there is a risk of being stuck with inflexible agency arrangements, inappropriate technologies and perverse incentives. IBEC and its members therefore welcome the opportunity to be involved in the on-going public debate.
The Irish business sector hopes to continue play a role in providing the resources and expertise required to upgrade and maintain our national water services. The potential benefits can be more fully realised if the contract purchasing arrangements are configured in a way that allows greater flexibility for incorporating technical innovations.
Copies of presentations and speeches can are attached.
- Cathy Mannion Water Slides -SEAI October 2012.pptx - 179 Kbytes
- Edgar Morgenroth.pptx - 205 Kbytes
- Gerard OLeary- IBEC water presentation 101012.pptx - 2,882 Kbytes
- Mark Powles.ppt - 3,871 Kbytes
- Pierre Eymery.ppt - 1,696 Kbytes
- Tom Barry presentation.ppt - 8,378 Kbytes
- Will Roche.pptx - 1,450 Kbytes
Thursday, 26 September 2013