Irish Water were originally going to start charging households for water from October 1st 2014 – with the first bills due from January 2015 onwards.
All the original plans have now been altered by the Government (on Nov 19th) – and charges won’t start until Jan 1st 2015 . See More About The Changes to Water Charges Here
The Deadline for returning the forms has been extended to February 2nd 2015 (Was previously Oct 31st then Nov 30th )
There was no full, accurate record of which homes were actually connected to the mains water supply or to the main sewers. Irish Water have taken over the responsibility for water services from the local councils – and record keeping there was probably non existent or very poor. So – Irish Water sent out about 2 million w “application packs” during September 2014 – asking householders to confirm what type of water and waste water connections they have.
These “application” forms were also being used to apply for the “free” water allowances of 30,000l per household and 21,000l per child. PPS numbers were originally required to get these allowances.
The changes announced on Nov 19th included the removal of the 30 thousand litre allowance. Homeowners are no longer will asked to provide their PPS number or the PPS number of any children living there.
Details of the Water Charge Amendments announced on Nov 19th Here
Assessed (unmetered) charges will be based on the number of adults in a household – so Irish Water will also be asking for the total number of people living in the property on these “application packs”.
More details of the Revised Unmetered Water Charges here .
Irish Water say that that if the application packs are not completed – that water charges will still be billed . Without a returned form – the the default charge for all homes will be be for water and sewage for 2 adults. (i.e €260 a year).
IrishWater are promoting these forms as if they are applications for the free allowances – but in reality the form is also an agreement to be a customer of Irish Water and to set up a customer account with them. BUT – no signature is required.
On the forms it states ” It is an offence under the Water Services Act, 2007 (as amended) to knowingly provide false or misleading information in this form and a person who does so is liable to a fine on summary conviction. By completing and returning this form, I declare that to the best of my knowledge all of the information provided is true and accurate. If I have confirmed that I am connected to the public water main and/or the public sewer then I declare that I am a customer of Irish Water, otherwise I am declaring that I am not a customer of Irish Water. Where I have declared I am a customer of Irish Water, I am confirming I have the authority to open an account at the premises and that I am liable for water charges at the premises. I confirm that I will advise Irish Water if there is any material change to the information provided in this form”