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HOMEOWNERS will not have to provide evidence that they suffer from a medical condition when applying to have their water bill capped on health grounds, the Irish Independent has learned.
The Government has failed to draw up a list of specific medical conditions which will allow households to qualify for subsidised water bills.
Customers will be relied on to abide by an 'honesty system' when declaring that they have an ailment requiring large volumes of water and should only pay the average 'assessed' charge. The lack of clarity has prompted complaints that the system is confusing and open to abuse.
The news comes as it emerged that householders who can't drink their water are in line for a slightly better deal on their bill.