Water Conservation Grant

Introduction

The Water Conservation Grant has been suspended for 2016. No grant will be available in 2016.

The details below relate to the 2015 Water Conservation Grant.

A new Water Conservation Grant was introduced in 2015. To qualify for the grant in 2015 your household must have registered with Irish Water by 30 June 2015.

You can use the grant as you choose, for example, as a contribution towards your water bills, fixing water leaks, installing a water conservation system, maintaining your well or de-sludging your septic tank. There will be no audit of how your household uses the grant.

The grant is payable even if the household is not a customer of Irish Water (that is, it has its own private water supply or is part of a group scheme and also it has its own sewage treatment system). It will not be paid for second homes or holiday homes. If you are a tenant, you will be paid the grant (if you registered by 30 June 2015) not your landlord.

The grant is administered and paid by the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection, on behalf of the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government.

Applications for the Water Conservation Grant 2015 are now closed.

Further information is available on the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection website.

Rules

Every household that registered its principal private dwelling (main home) with Irish Water by 30 June 2015 is eligible for the Water Conservation Grant in 2015. If you registered after 30 June 2015 or have yet to register, you are not eligible for the grant in 2015.

If you do not live in your principal private residence because of physical or intellectual disability, and your home is not rented to another person, you are eligible to apply for the grant.

The application process is an online one and there is no application form. People who do not have internet access can call the Water Conservation Grant Support team (see ‘Where to apply’ below) and they can make the application online on their behalf.

Rates

The grant was €100 in 2015. It will be paid into your bank account. It will not be paid in post offices. It can be paid by cheque if you do not have a bank account. An Post have confirmed that these cheques can be cashed in post offices.

The grant is exempt from income tax.

How to apply

Applications for the Water Conservation Grant 2015 are now closed.

Between 18 August and the end of September 2015 all households that registered with Irish Water before 30 June 2015 got a letter from the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection explaining how to apply for the Water Conservation Grant.

You cannot apply for the Water Conservation Grant until you have received your letter from the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection.

If you did not receive a letter by 30 September 2015 you should contact the Water Conservation Grant Support Team (see ‘Where to apply’ below). The closing date for applications was Thursday 22 October 2015.

Application process

You apply online at watergrant.ie.

You will need the following information to apply for your Water Conservation Grant:

  • A TIN (Transaction Identification Number) – you will find this number on the letter you received from the Department of Social Protection (DSP).
  • WPRN (Water Point Reference Number) - a number specific to your house, you will also find this on the letter from the DSP
  • Irish Water account or registration number - you got this when you registered with Irish Water. you got this when you registered with Irish Water. If you have your own water supply and waste water services, you will have a registration number instead of an account number. Contact Irish Water directly if you cannot find these numbers.
  • Your PPS number
  • Details of the bank or other account into which you want your grant to be paid (BIC, IBAN and account name) – you will find these on recent bank statements

If you do not have internet access or a bank account you can telephone the Water Conservation Grant Support Team (see ‘Where to apply’ below) and they will make arrangements for you.

Read more on watergrant.ie.

Where to apply

The closing date for applications was Thursday 22 October 2015. Applications for the Water Conservation Grant 2015 are now closed.

You could apply online at watergrant.ie.

If you do not have internet access or a bank account, you can telephone the Water Conservation Grant Support Team and they will make arrangements for you. The contact details for the Water Conservation Grant Support Team are:

  • Telephone: 0761 087 890 (9am-5pm, Monday to Friday)
  • Locall: 1890 100 043 (9am-5pm, Monday to Friday)

Page edited: 22 June 2016