A new annual “Water Conservation Grant” was revealed as part of the revised Water Charges that were announced on Nov 19th 2014
The government are promoting this so called grant as a payment that can be used towards repairing leaks or other methods of reducing water usage such as buying water saving products.
If everyone who is eligible claims this grant – it could result in a total payout of around €160 million a year.
To be eligible for the water conservation grant, you need to have completed a “valid ” response to the Irish Water registration campaign. You do not need to be a customer of Irish Water – because the grant is also available to people with private wells and/or septic tanks etc.
The “grant” will not be available for second homes.
The water conservation grant payment will be an annual flat rate of €100 a year and will be paid in a lump sum each year directly to bank accounts. The grant payments are not expected to be up and running until September 2015. It is planned to run to at least 2018 – then the whole charging structure is up for review.
In April 2015 it was announced that people had to register with Irish Water by June 30th 2015 to get the grant.
How to Apply for the Water Conservation Grant
In August 2015 it was announced that all households that had registered their principal private residence with Irish Water by 30 June 2015 will receive a letter from the Dept of Social Protection informing them how to apply for the Water Conservation Grant.These letters will be sent out between 19 August 2015 and the end of September 2015.
Once you have recieved one of these letters you will be able to apply online for the grant at www.watergrant.ie or by calling the Water Conservation Grant Support Team on 0761 087 890 or 1890 100 043. There is no postal application process.
The closing date for applications for the 2015 Water Conservation Grant is 8 October 2015.
There will be a number unique to your household called the Water Point Reference Number and a second number unique to the person registered with Irish Water. On the letter from Social Protection there will be another number you will require – the TIN or Transaction Identification Number. You will also be asked for your PPS number when claiming this water grant.
You will be asked to confirm that the application is for your primary residence and to “make a statutory declaration that you have no outstanding bills for the provision of water services.”
The first water grant payment will issue before the end of October 2015 and then it is planned to pay it in the first quarter of each subsequent year of operation of the Grant.
It is likely that many thousands of better off households won’t bother making a claim for this water grant. They will probably see it as too much hassle for the sake of €100.