The orginal deadline for sending back the Irish Water “application forms” was October 31st 2014. Hidden somewhere on the Irish Water website and the CER website – was the fact that there was a 60 day backdating of any allowances. That meant that any forms sent back by November 3oth would get their allowances backdated to Oct 1st (the start of charging). We had confirmation from Irish Water in writing during September that this backdating may not have been done in time for the first bill.
The CER have confirmed today (Oct 24th) that Irish Water billing will be delayed until at least Jan 26th – and that any forms or online registrations received by Irish Water by November 30th will have allowances backdated to October 1st and they will be deducted on the first bill.
So in effect this is seen as a one month extension to the deadline – but really it is just a delay to the first bills. Many of the first metered bills would probably not have gone out in early January anyway because they will depend on having meter readings from 31st December – which will probably take several weeks to do all over the country. We expect that many of the first metered water bills will not go out until February or March
Any forms sent back after Nov 30th will still get the allowances backdated 60 days from the date of registration (assuming you were in the property and liable for water charges 60 days prior to sending in the form)