Water Charges are on the way – but who will have to pay this new charge?
Charging is due to start from October 2014 but the first bills won’t arrive until January 2015
Irish Water will be charging for both the supply of water and the treatment of wastewater.
You will be charged for the supply of water if your home is connected to the public water main . If you are on a group water scheme or have a private well – then Irish Water will not be charging you for water supply.
Irish Water will also be billing households for wastewater treatment – so if your home is connected to a public sewer you will be charged for that too.
You will not be charged by Irish Water for wastewater if you have a septic tank or other on-site wastewater treatment system. (You may be asked for proof of registration of the waste treatment stystem to avoid this component of the bill)
Tenant or Landlord
The water charges will be the responsibility of the occupier of the property. If a tenant cannot be identified for a rented house then the owner of the property will be responsible for any Irish Water bills.
Irish Water took over the management of business water and wastewater services from January 2014.
How Much Will it Be ?
We don’t know how much the water charges will be yet – the figures will be determined by the Energy Regulator sometime in 2014 hopefully. We made some estimates of How Much Water Charges Might Be – Here
We expect the charge to be made up of a fixed amount or standing charge component and a usage component – with a certain amount of water usage allowed for free.
On unmetered homes there will be no way of measuring usage – so Irish Water are going to apply an “assessed charge” based on assumed usage for household size etc. It will be interesting to see how this assessed charge will be calculated . It will require data such as the number of occupants or at least number of bedrooms to be anywhere near fair. Irish Water don’t have this information currently – and nor does anyone else. The Property Tax registration forms could have asked for information about bedrooms etc.- but they didn’t. So we can probably expect another raft of forms through the door from Irish Water asking us to confirm our name and address and maybe even how many people there are in the house.