Local Authority Grants For Water Pumps & Water Treatment - Private water supplies (groundwater)
If you are not part of a water supply scheme (public or group), you will have to consider boring your own well and drawing out groundwater to supply your needs.
We at Pumplant Ltd. can advise you as to the best and most economical system to suit your requirements. For brief details of the grant system currently in force, see below:
Individual Supply Grant Scheme (From Department of The Environment Website - July 2013)
Under this scheme, if your house is more than 7 years old and not connected to either a public or a group scheme, you may be eligible for a grant (subject to some conditions). The grant is worth up to €2,031.58 (or 75% of the cost of the work, whichever is the lesser) and must be used to provide a new water supply or to upgrade an existing one.
Only one grant per house will be allowed in any 10-year period.
In order to qualify for the grant, the proposed work must cost more than €635. - A local authority inspection will be carried out before any work starts.
The kind of work that would be eligible for the grant is the drilling of a new well or the provision of essential pumping or water filtration/disinfection equipment.
For more details and application forms, apply to your local authority.
Group Water Grant Scheme
Grants are available from the local authority if 2 or more householders get together to provide their homes and farms with a water system where none exists. A committee that represents the scheme members must propose the scheme and the local authority must approve it. The amount of grant payable depends on where the scheme is located.
Check with your local authority for details of your area.
Generally, a grant will cover 85% of the cost, with a limit of €6,475 for each house in the scheme.
The group members must cover the balance, but costs can be kept down if members can do some of the work themselves.
An annual subsidy is available for the running costs of the group water scheme. This must be approved by the local authority.
The amount of subsidy is 100% of the qualifying expenditure up to the following limits:
• €70 for each house supplied from a local authority source (public mains)
• €140 for each house supplied from a private source (such as a private well)
• Where a group scheme has provided its own water treatment plant under a Design, Build, Operate (DBO) contract, a new subsidy will be paid to cover the full production cost of treated water for domestic use.
• These procedures will be updated when the Water Services Act 2007 is fully in force.