Gone are the days of limitless free tap water in Ireland. Here’s a closer look at the charges from Irish Water and how to avoid them.
Following years of protests and political debate new water charges are coming into force.
It depends on your circumstances and how much water you use - but most households will still have nothing to pay.
However, you could have to pay the new Household Water Conservation Charge if you use too much water.
Other domestic water charges have been suspended for the foreseeable future - and refunds have been issued to those who paid water charges while they were in force.
It’s a charge for households that use an excessive amount of water, it’s being introduced to try and reduce water waste.
You might have to pay the charge if:
Irish Water proposes to apply a flat rate excess use charge of €1.85 per m³ (1,000 litres). The maximum annual charge will be set at €500.
The first bills for excess water usage will be issued after January 2022 but Irish Water is writing to households that could face the charge to give them time to reduce their usage or repair leaks before charges come in.
If you live in a larger household you can apply for an increased water allowance before charges are applied.
To qualify, there will need to be five or more people living in your property, and you’ll get an extra 25,000 litres per year for every person after the first four inhabitants.
To apply for the increased allowance you’ll need to contact Irish Water - and you may need to prove how many people are living in the property before it’s applied.
Saving water could help you save money and avoid the Household Water Conservation Charge, and it’s also good for the environment.
Here are some of the best ways to cut your usage:
You can find more tips for saving water on the Irish Water website.
If Irish Water suspect that an unmetered property is exceeding the limit for the Household Water Conservation Charge then they will look to install a meter, or a flow monitoring device.
Cheques should have already been sent out to households that are due a refund. If you’re still waiting for yours you’ll need to contact Irish Water.
It’s a formal notice from Irish Water to boil and cool your tap water before drinking it to make it safe. If a notice is issued in your area you’ll need to boil and cool your water before using it to drink, wash food, make ice and brush your teeth. You can find out more about boil water notices on Water.ie.
It was a grant to help pay for water saving improvements to your home, for example fixing water leaks or installing a conservation system. Applications closed in 2015 and the grant was suspended in 2016.
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