Women 'warriors’ illegally taking apart water meters and posting their work online

The group have claimed they do not accept water meters

 Women remove a water meter

Women remove a water meter

 

A group of women have allegedly joined forces to illegally remove water meters.

A video shows them taking the hated items out of the ground in an unknown location.

The Women Water Warriors Facebook page already has hundreds of likes and appears to be gathering support.

The group, which only started on Thursday, have claimed they do not accept water meters.

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They posted along with the video, which has been liked almost 1,000 times in less than 12 hours: “We are a collective of women, coming together for civil disobedience, and direct action, in the removal of water meters, because we already pay for our water.

“We do not accept that 133 litres is in anyway whatsoever sufficient for a daily allowance.

“We refuse to stand by and allow our water become a commodity to be sold.

“The continuation of meter installation, confirms our belief, that every meter installed is a step closer to privatization.

“We have been betrayed by our elected representatives, with false promises.

“We will continue with the removal of meters, as our democratic right to to have a peoples referendum, to enshrine our water in our constitution is being denied to the people of Ireland.

“Let the people decide, give us our referendum. Women Water Warriors.”

People have commented on the video with their support.

One wrote: “Life is very short. Fair play to these women for doing something they believe in.

“I would rather tell my grand kids that I fought a worthy fight win or fail.”

While another said: “Agree 100% nobody should be made to pay for water, it is everyone’s right.”

Under the Water Services Act 2007, it is an offence to ‘remove, damage, or impair’ the proper working of a water meter.

 

Source: Irish Mirror April 20 2017


650 MILLION EURO MISTAKE BY IRISH GOVERNMENT

The Irish Government has already spent €650 million on domestic meter's even though International Research has proven that identification of excessive use of water is not justified by the massive expenditure required by the installation of domestic meters.

They are also proposing to spend an additional 300 to 500 million Euros to complete the domestic metering programme plus an annual cost of €30 to 50 millionto administer billing associated with these meters.

Scottish, Welsh and Northern Ireland Water Board's have invested their money in top of the range District metering to identify and repair leakage on the system while the Irish Govt allows 55% of treated water to go to loss.  Listen to Scottish Water answer Fine Gael's Alan Farrell on the 'absolute efficiency' of district metering in this Oireachtas video clip.

The problem is this -- the Government, intent on privatisation and charging households, were never interested in impartial international research and findings.    If they did they would never have gone down the road of domestic metering.  However, having done so, the Government will not now admit their 650 million Euro mistake.

They would squander 1 billion euros plus rather than admit they got it wrong. They will agree to anything and everything in order to proceed with domestic metering. 

Bottom Line - NO METERING


Fine Gael willing to squander billions of euro to save face

Having already wasted 650 million euros on unnecessary domestic water meters, Fine Gael are now insisting on squandering a further 300 to 500 million Euros to complete an unnecessary and highly controversial job, using an excuse that private metering is the best way of preventing excessive use.  

However, they have heard from many quarters, including Scottish Water (see video below)  that District metering can deliver the same result for a tiny fraction of this cost.  

Rather than admit they got it completely wrong they are now hell-bent on a monumental, cynical face saving exercise.

This is not just shameful, it is bordering on CRIMINAL.

February 8th 2017 meeting of Committee on Future Funding of Domestic Water Alan Farrell, Fine Gael TD,  admits to hearing from all quarters how district metering can work effectively. Trouble was he was only 100,000 or so out on his estimate water meter figures.

Full Oireachtas Commettee meeting with Scottish and Welsh Water