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What are Water Charges?

 

Apr 28, 2015

 


What are Water Charges? - Updated

What are Water Charges?

 

Water charges will affect households in Ireland connected to public water supply (or to public wastewater services). Water meters are being installed throughout the country and the first bills will issue from January 2015. The governing legislation is contained in the Water Services Acts 2013 and Irish Water are currently sending every home in the country an application pack.

 

The application is to be completed by all households whether they have public water supply/public wastewater. If they have neither they declare themselves not to be a customer and return the application form.

 

If however they use a public service water and/or public wastewater further details are required to apply for the appropriate free allowances. From January 2015 it is intended that the Social Welfare Household benefit packages will include assistance for water costs.

 

How much will it cost?

 

A final cost structure is expected from the Commission for Energy Regulation (CER) but the framework proposed includes:

 

• The first 30,000 litres per household will be free,

• Plus an extra free allowance of 21,000 litres per child:

• The balance used to be charged at a rate of €4.88 per 1,000 litres for households that use both water services and wastewater services (€2.44 per 1,000 litres if you only use one service). Charges proposed to be capped for people whose medical condition requires extra water usage

 

• If your meter hasn’t been installed by the time metering starts, Irish water will estimate your bill on a standard assessed usage.

 

When?

 

Bills will issue in the first quarter of 2015, based on charging for from October 2014.


What about rental property?


If you rent out a House – the tenant is liable.

 

Commercial water charges are levied on all businesses and must be paid to the local authority and final rules on mixed-use premises – that is, a property with a business and a household are awaited from the CER.


Irish Water Help Centre

 

Opening Hours: Mon-Sun 24 hours

Tel: +353 (1) 707 2828

Locall: 1890 278 278

Homepage: http://www.water.ie

 

What are Water charges? Updated - Water Services Act 2014


The Water Services Act 2014 passed the 28th December 2014 revised the system in our article What are water charges above.

 

How much will it cost?

 

The first 30,000 litres per household free has been abolished but free allowance of 21,000 litres per child is maintained.


The charges are being capped and the rate per 1,000 litres of water has been reduced from €4.88 to €3.70 (using both services) and if you use only 1 public water service – water OR wastewater services, the rate is €1.85 per 1,000 litres.

 

The capped charges will apply until 31 December 2018

 

If you use both services: single-adult household is capped at €160 per year or €40 per quarter for a household that uses both water supply and wastewater services.

 

More than one adult is capped at €260 per year or €65 per quarter.

 

If you use a single service: waste or water is half that rate.

If you have a meter, your bill will be based on your meter or at the capped level, whichever is lower.

 

Billing

 

Water bills will issue 4 times a year. The first bills are being issued now -April 2015, in respect of the quarter January-March 2015. The second bills will issue from early July.

 

What about rental property?


If you own a property, you will be presumed to be the occupier, unless it is proven otherwise. The tenant of a property is the occupier and is responsible for paying the water charges. Landlords can provide the names of their tenants in order to prove that they are not the occupier, and Irish Water will then contact the tenants.


For further queries see

 

Irish Water Help Centre

 

Opening Hours: Mon-Sun 24 hours

Tel: +353 (1) 707 2828

Locall: 1890 278 278

Homepage: http://www.water.ie

 
 
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