The head of the body representing county and city councillors wants the board of Irish Water to step down.
Padraig McNally, chairman of the Association of Local Government, says bonuses should have been consigned to history.
However, McNally says the public has no confidence in the board of the embattled utility.
"The board, as we now know it, has lost all confidence and respect from the public, and I think without that, they cannot hope to achieve the very very onerous task they've been given in terms of providing clean water," he said.
"But I think the problem really is that the cost of that water is beyond most people's affordability."
Earlier today, Health Minister Leo Varadkar said that Irish Water had not yet won the communications campaign on the need for water charges.