Cllr McGuinness calls for increase in free water allowance
The closing date for submissions is September 1 and it is believed that the tariffs for the controversial water charges will be set shortly afterwards.
However, it has been revealed that there will be no reduction in charges for customers who live in hard water areas, or in those areas with a high lime content.
Irish Water have said that they will only reduce charges where there is an actually health risk such as the boil water notice areas where there are currently 20,000 people affected across the country, most notably in Roscommon.
Culdaff Councillor Bernard McGuinness has called on Irish Water to take steps to tackle the hard water issue.
He said: “I can understand why Irish Water will not reduce charges for people living in areas with hard water, but I think this puts the onus on Irish Water to tackle this issue.
“I have had a long running dispute with the County Council for years because they would not tackle the issue of hard water.
“I have been told that this issue can be dealt with and if Irish Water are not going to reduce charges then it is incumbent upon them to tackle the issue.
“On the issue of limescale they tell us that there is no problem drinking the water and it is actually argued that it is in fact good for you.
“Well it might be good for the heart but I doubt if it is much good for people with gallstones or the like who would be susceptible to calcium.”