Rebates on Water Charges

Until homes have water meters installed – their water charges will be a flat rate based on the number of adults in the household.  See Unmetered Charges Here .

After meters are installed – bills will be capped at these  assessed rates until 2018. In theory it will be possible to “beat the cap” and pay less than the capped rate – for example a single person using less than 43000 litres a year will be charged less than the €160 “assessed rate”. There is no longer a free houshold allowance of 30,000 litres – so it will never be possible to avoid a bill.

There is some good news for the 500,000 or so people who are due to get meters installed at some time in the next 2 years.
There is a Rebate scheme that will be put in place – which will automatically refund people who end up paying more on the unmetered charge than they do on a meter.  There are a few terms and conditions – such as :

a) Prior to having a meter you must have been paying unmetered charges for a minimum of 3 months.

b) You need to have been on metered billing for  at least the last 12 months

c) You must have confirmed yout occupancy details to Irish Water before charging began.

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Irish Water say they will apply any entitled rebate automatically as a once off credit from April 2016 .

There is no need to apply and no minimum rebate.  (according to the regulator)

For example if a couple paid the  unmetered flat rate charge of €260  for a year – then they  go onto  metered billing in Jan  2016
That unmetered charge was  based on  “assessed” usage of 70,000 litres a year.

If , after 12 months on a meter ,  their average annual usage actually works out at  50,000 – then they will be entitled to a rebate equivalent to 20,000 litres for the year .
In this example – an annual metered bill  for 50,000 would be  €185  – so the rebate would be  €75.
They should get this rebate on the first bill after the 12 months period expires. (So that would be in April/May 2017).