Wednesday, 4 October 2006
Department of Environment, Heritage and Local Government
I assume that the question is referring to the provision of water services.
I consider that the optimum approach to water services provision is the existing arrangement with local authorities providing public water services and group water schemes, in partnership with local authorities, providing water services in rural areas outside the catchment area of public schemes. This approach is underpinned by the Water Services Bill currently before the Dáil.
A Constitutional amendment would not seem necessary or appropriate to support this approach because, inter alia, it could undermine water services delivery in rural areas, effectively preventing the group water scheme sector from providing water services.