Council remove water charges pending takeover

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Laois County Council have removed the water and waste water charges from the Development Contributions for one off houses, but people may still be liable to pay the costs to Irish Water.

Laois County Council have removed the water and waste water charges from the Development Contributions for one off houses, but people may still be liable to pay the costs to Irish Water.

Both Fianna Fail TD, Sean Fleming and the Construction Industry Federation had recommended the removal of water and waste water fees from the council’s development contributions.

“It is important that people are not charged twice for the same service. LCC should eliminate the development levies currently being charged for water and wastewater,” Deptuy Fleming wrote in his submission to the scheme.

While, CIF wrote: “The development contribution requirement for residential water and drainage projects must be reconciled with Government funding arrangements for the domestic elements of thise schemes.

Before the introduction of Irish Water, people building houses in urban areas would have paid the council €800 for water and €1,600 for waste water. The charges were the same in rural areas. But from January of next year, the council will no longer collect these charges, as it will fall under the remit of Irish Water.

Initially, the couincil said that pending the establishment of Irish Water the rates that were set out would continue to be applied until the New Year, but after some consideration they removed the charges from their development contributions scheme.