Yesterday, however, I came across a statement from Min Charlie Flanagan on The Week in Politics #TWIP that I found to be very revealing. Minister Charlie Flanagan said that €110m had been collected to date by Irish Water. "what about the €110m that has been collected to date" I dont believe Mr Flanagan wanted to reveal this €110m figure and he did pause briefly but he was being pushed hard by the presenter and he blurted it out and in doing so he unwittingly revealed the compliance figures.
How do I know this? well.. Firstly & taking this figure of €110m and dividing it by 2 which would represent the 2 yrs of collections to date gives the figure of €55m. Furthermore we know that the average charge to each household is approx €150 per annum so €55,000,000 / €150 = 367,000 and finally we also know that Irishwater sends out 1,700,000 bills to Irish households per annum. If we want to work out the % compliance we therefore divide 367,000 by the 1,700,000 bills issued and arrive at the figure of 21.5% compliance.
I also now know where politicians are getting their 50%-60% compliance numbers. They are embellishing the sum of 2 numbers. One figure I have already explained is 21.5% and the second figure is the figure paid by Irish business' which represents 25%. The 25% figure is a historical known as Irish business has always paid for Water and Waste services. Irish business pays approx €300m towards the €1.2b annual costs and that is a quarter aka 25% (Irish business' use much more than 25% of Irishwater but thats a debate for another day)
Please also note there are many other variables when billing ie some ppl receive water and have their own treatment plants therefore halving their bill etc etc and these would have to be factored in if a more accurate compliance figure is to be revealed. I have literally done these calculations on the back of an envelope and am happy to be corrected but based on my conclusions one can see why Irish Water doesnt want the compliance figures revealed.
VIA -Gearoid O'Mathuna