It has been tasked with bringing the water services of the 34 Local Authorities together into one national service provider, with the aim of reducing costs, generating economies of scale and increasing efficiencies. Over the coming months and years Irish Water will gradually establish the organisation and take over responsibility from the local authorities for the delivery of water and wastewater services to homes and businesses.

Irish Water will also be making capital and investment decisions regarding the country’s water infrastructure on a national basis. It is estimated that Irish Water will take approximately five years to be fully established and it will begin taking over various responsibilities from the Local Authorities on a phased basis from January 2014. From this date, Irish Water will be responsible for the operation of public water services including management of national water assets, maintenance of the water system, investment and planning, managing capital projects and customer care and billing.

Source: Water.ie website.

As you can see by the above introduction, water provision and funding is in the process of being taken over nationally by this newly created body.

The responsibilities of 34 Local Authorities will be concentrated into one centralised authority.

This is part of a shift to the philosophy of "user pays", which should be more equitable.

It should also remove any excuse for the supply of sub-standard water to consumers that commonly occurs in Ireland today.

We all hope that this becomes a new reality, but even when the water is treated and is in compliance with E.U. directives it still creates "issues" for householders.