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Changes to water charging system
New system
Current system
Where to apply                              


A new system of domestic water charges is being introduced for homes that are connected to a public water supply (or to public wastewater services). The Commission for Energy Regulation, which is the economic regulator for Irish Water, will devise the scheme of water charges. Irish Water, the new national water services authority, will administer the charges. Water meters are being installed at present and the first bills for domestic water will issue from January 2015 in respect of the last quarter of 2014.

The new system is being brought into effect under the Water Services Act 2013 and the Water Services (No. 2) Act 2013. Further information is available on, from the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government.

Changes to water charging system

New measures announced on 19 November 2014 include:

  • Caps on annual charges
  • A water conservation grant of €100 per year
  • A reduced charge of €3.70 per 1,000 litres
  • PPS Numbers will no longer be required for registration with Irish Water
  • Closing date for registration extended to 2 February 2015
  • First quarterly bills will issue from April 2015, in respect of January-March 2015

Read more about the new measures in this summary of the key elements (pdf) and a set of detailed FAQs (pdf).

Background information: proposals on water charges

The Commission for Energy Regulation (CER) published its proposals on water charges on 31 July 2014 for public consultation. The documents include a summary of the water charges consultation (pdf) and a guide to the consultation (pdf). These documents are available on the CER’s website and the consultation is open until 28 August 2014.

The CER has also published a press release (pdf) about the water charges consultation.

The rest of this document is in 2 sections.

  • The first section outlines the decisions announced to date on how the new system of domestic water charges will work. This section will continue to be updated as more details become available.
  • The second section describes the current system of charging for water and provides links to Irish Water’s information for commercial water customers on arrangements in the transitional period.

New system

Please find link to general information on how the new system of domestic water charges will work.

Current system

Please find link to general information on the current system for domestic water charges in place.

Where to apply

For queries about the new domestic water charging system, you can contact Irish Water’s Help Centre here.

Irish Water
Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 8 am - 8 pm, Sat 9 am - 5.30 pm
Tel: (01) 707 2828
Locall: 1890 278 278

For information about the current water charges in your area, contact your local authority directly. 

National Federation of Group Water Schemes
24 Old Cross Square
Tel:+353 (0)47 72766
Fax:+353 (0)47 72788

Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government
Custom House
Dublin 1
Tel:(01) 888 2000
Locall:1890 202 021
Fax:(01) 888 2888