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Homeowners to foot the bill for water used during construction works

The Construction Industry Federation says that its members have yet to raise the issue.

THE DEPARTMENT OF Environment says that there will be no dispensation for water used during home improvement works.

That means that homeowners will be forced to pay extra for water-intensive works such as cement mixing.

The Department of Environment told TheJournal.ie that there will be no allowances for home improvement works because the water still costs money to be treated.

“There will be no dispensation.

“Water costs money to treat and if it comes from a homeowners tap, they will be liable for the cost.

“If it comes from a tap, it’s still drinking water, regardless of the use.”

The Construction Industry Federation say that the issue has yet to be raised by their members, but a construction industry source says that it is likely that many firms will pass the cost on.

“It will vary from company to company to company, but I can’t imagine tradesmen will take on the cost of water.

“They don’t do it for electricity, so this won’t be different.”

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