Well Water Grants 2021 (Updated)
If you are not connected to a public water supply or a group water scheme, well grants are available from local county councils to carry out improvement works to a private water supply. The objective of the grant scheme for private water supply to a house is to assist households dependent on these supplies where capital expenditure is incurred in order to
- remedy supplies that are not wholesome and clean,
- or where the quantity of water supplied is insufficient to meet the domestic needs of the household.
The grant scheme contributes to public health across Ireland through improved drinking water quality in these supplies.
Are You Eligible for Well Water Grant?
You are eligible to apply for grant assistance if:
- Your house is over 7 years old.
- You are not connected to a public water supply or cannot be reasonably served by a public or group water supply scheme source.
- The house is not located in an area that is or is about to be, served by Irish Water or a Group Water Scheme.
- You have not received grant assistance for Domestic Water Supply within the last 7 years. This includes grant aid in relation to treatment works.
- The cost of the proposed work is more than €750.
- The house is occupied by the applicant as a normal place of residence.
Note: Normal place of residence includes long-term rentals but excludes private holiday homes and properties operated on a commercial basis such as short-term rentals, self-catering properties, mobile homes/caravans. Properties owned by local authorities, housing associations, Health Services Executive etc. are not eligible.
Do I Qualify
How Much Grant is Available?
(a) 85% of the approved costs for well rehabilitation works, subject to a maximum grant of €3,000;
85% of the approved costs for the provision of a new well, subject to a maximum grant of €5,000.
(b) 100% of the approved costs for water treatment), subject to a maximum grant of €1,000. This can be claimed on its own or in addition to either the grant for rehabilitation works or the grant for a new well.
What Kind of Work Qualifies for Grant?
Works qualify for funding under the grant scheme where they are undertaken to improve the supply of domestic water in a house and they consist of one or more of the following:
- Drilling or commissioning a new well
- Rehabilitating an existing well, including deepening or relining an existing bore or the removal of silt
- Water filtration/disinfection equipment (excluding water softener for lime removal)
- Providing or upgrading a supply of water from a surface water source
- Construction or improvement of a pump house, piping or other facilities in connection with the supply of water
- Provision or improvement of mechanical or electrical equipment or facilities in connection with the supply of water.
Note: Watercare does not drill wells. We deal in the water treatment & pumping systems for which you may receive a grant if you qualify.
How to Apply
An application for a grant under this scheme must be made to a local authority on Form PWS 1a which can be downloaded from the respective county councils website.
A detailed water test needs to be taken before and after any work is completed to ensure the proper water treatment system is installed. A prior inspection of the work needs to be carried out as well as the issuing of a certificate of approval before any work can commence.
Watercare can carry out water tests, quote water treatment equipment and provide assistance in filling out well grant application forms.
Contact our team of experts to see if you are eligible for a well treatment grant.
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