Watering It Down Water, at a Reduced Price

They’ve been trucking water to the site so far, but we need to get a direct water connection to allow construction to continue, so Kevin has been working with the local utility company. Today, he gave us an update. It’s pure Kevin:

In mid-December we conducted an on-site assessment with the water company – TENNACOLA. Just before Christmas we received an estimate from them. The estimate, which I attach to give you a chuckle (it elicited a decidedly different physical reaction on my part!), was for €13,511.25 + IVA. Obviously, complete BULLSHIT.

water supplyKevin’s approach was to sit down with Tennacola and our contractor, Francisc, and work out what could be done by the contractor and what Tennacola absolutely had to do. (Either way, Tennacola will oversee the work and be sure it’s all up-to-snuff.)

The reduction is cost was dramatic: to less than a third of the previous number. Great work by Kevin.

ActivityOriginalRevised
Installazione grupo presa
Electrical switch installation (?)
€210€210
Allaccio a corpo con scavo fino a 5m
Connection to the system, excavation up to 5m
6400
Allaccio a corpo con scavo maggiore a 5m
Connection to the system, excavation over 5m
14,4050
Posa in opera tubo maggiore 5ml dm 1′
Laying additional pipe
1,0551,055
Riduzione 20% scavi su ghiaia
20% discount, excavation over gravel
-3,0990
Pozzetto coperchio in ghisa
Cast iron cover
8080
Gruppo misura DM 1/2
Group measures (?)
130130
Anticipo consumi.
Deposit for consumption
2626
Total Tennacola€13,537€1.649
Total Contractor€0€2,800
IVA
Value-added tax
1351428
Total Project€14,888€4,729

The next utility up is the electric company, ENEL. Kevin says this will be a crap shoot as well, They don’t provide estimates in advance, only when they show up to do the work. So Kevin will take the same approach to try to peel off whatever Francisc can do at a lower cost.

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