Water Services (Amendment) Act 2016

Publication Date:January 01, 2016
 
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Water Services (Amendment) Act 2016

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An Act to suspend charging for domestic water services; for those purposes to amend the Water Services Act 2014; and to provide for matters connected therewith.

[26 July 2016]

Be it enacted by the Oireachtas as follows:

S-1 Definition

1 Definition

1. In this Act “Act of 2014” means the Water Services Act 2014.

S-2 Amendment of Water Services Act 2014

2 Amendment of Water Services Act 2014

2. The Act of 2014 is amended—

(a) in section 3, by—

(i) the insertion, in subsection (1), of “and subject to subsection (1A)” after “Notwithstanding section 21(1) of the No. 2 Act of 2013”,

(ii) the insertion of the following subsection:

“(1A) (a) Notwithstanding section 21(1) of the No. 2 Act of 2013, Irish Water shall not charge for water services provided to a dwelling in respect of the period (in this subsection referred to as the ‘first-mentioned period’) commencing on 1 July 2016 and ending on 31 March 2017.

(b) Where the Minister is informed by the committee that it will not complete its work on or before 31 March 2017 or is otherwise satisfied that the committee will not complete its work on or before that date, he or she may, on or before that date, make an order extending the first-mentioned period for such further period, commencing on the day immediately following the expiration of the first-mentioned period, as does not exceed the period that he or she believes the committee will require to complete its work and is specified in the order.

(c) For the purpose of enabling the Government to consider the recommendations of the committee, the Minister may—

(i) make an order extending the first-mentioned period for such further period, commencing on the day immediately following the expiration of the first-mentioned period, as he or she considers appropriate and is specified in the order, or

(ii) where an order was made under paragraph (b), make an order extending the first-mentioned period as extended under paragraph (b) for such further period, commencing on the day immediately following the expiration of the period specified in the order under paragraph (b), as he or she considers appropriate and is specified in the order.

(d) Notwithstanding section 21(1) of the No. 2 Act of 2013, Irish Water shall not charge for water services provided to a dwelling in respect of any period specified in an order under paragraph (b) or (c).

(e) Irish Water shall not—

(i) before 31 March 2017,

(ii) (in circumstances where an order...

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