i have a small barn in wales that my beloved father gave me before he
passed on. it was very difficult to get planning on it as it is in a
conservation area, but 3rd time lucky i succeeded. it has always had a
water supply, and as my parents lived next door to it , it was used
occassionally for car wash etc. my parents then sold the house and kept
just the barn with the intention of it eventually being a residence.
now the work is all but finished to be liveable for me and family, but
the water has been cut off.
apparently whats happened in speaking to the neighbours is that
contractors have been upgrading in the area by replacing old iron pipes
with plastic and just doing the ones that appear on their plans, and
certainly not the little spurs such as mine that they dont even know
in the uk water is not metered , as a global sum is charged. however
there is a wacking great charge for a new installation for a water
supply. I d have been quite happy to pay the water standing charge when
we move into the property, but it ll be a drag to pay for a new pipe as
in effect there already was one / although maybe in lead/
cut it off.
I d like to contact the waterboard and tell them to put me back on the
supply, and i ll pay them the standing charge as a customer , but they
may say that i wasnt a customer at the time of the cut off and
therefore they have no obligation to me. problem is that now the
plumber has attached pipes to what is in effect now an inexistant water
supply. further complication is that old supply pipe/ ie one that is
now cut / passes thru neighbours garden, so to replace it , his garden
would have to be dug up a bit.
talk about sods law , just when we need water for heating,
cooking,cleaning and basically living it gets cut off.
any ideas anyone