Pringle says metering will increase rather than solve water problems

A Donegal Councillor is accusing the government of cynically presenting water metering as a solution to the supply problems that have hit the country since Christmas.

Cllr Thomas Pringle says the problems experienced after the severe weather will not be helped by the introduction of meters. He says the real problem is that ater services will continue to be starved of investment and the replacement of problem mains will continue at a snails pace.

Cllr Pringle says Donegal County Council had to borrow over €9.5million to install meters for just over 10,000 customers.

With more than three times as many residential customers to be metered, he fears a huge debt will be incurred this year, with higher charges the end result...........

[podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/01/pring1pm.mp3[/podcast]