Individual Water Grants

Subject to a number of conditions there is a grant available to assist households who are dependent on private individual water supplies to (a) provide a piped water supply for domestic use or (b) improve on existing individual supply where the water is deficient in either quantity or quality. (Includes pump replacement in bored well)

A private individual water supply means a water supply that serves only one house.


  • The house must be over seven years constructed.
  • A water supply grant cannot have been paid in the last seven years.
  • The house concerned must be the normal place of residence of the applicant.
  • The house cannot be connected to a public water supply or group water supply.
  • A grant cannot be paid if the area in which the house is located is or is about to be served by a public water supply or group scheme.

Qualifying Works and Conditions

  • Drilling or commissioning a new well.
  • Rehabilitating an existing well. (Deepening or relining).
  • Providing or upgrading a supply of water from a surface water source.
  • Providing filters where the water supply does not meet the E.U. drinking water quality standard.
  • Constructing or improving a pump house, electrical works and any ancillary works that are required to improve the water supply.
  • The cost of the approved works must be over €634.87.
  • Works must be carried out by competent contractors who must have either an up to date C2 or Tax Clearance Certificate.
  • The maximum grant payable is €2,058.31 or 75% of the cost of the work, whichever is the lesser figure.
  • Works carried out before a prior inspection by the Council do not qualify for a grant.

Group Water Grant Scheme

Grants are available if two or more householders get together to provide their homes and farms with a water system where none exists. A committee that represents the group scheme members must propose the scheme and the local authority must approve it. The local authority examines the plans for each scheme to ensure that they are built and will perform to the highest standards. Advisors from the Department of the Environment and Local Government are available at all stages of the formation of the scheme but group members must organise plans and planning permission themselves.

The amount of grant payable depends on where the scheme is located. Generally, a grant will cover 85% of the cost, with a limit of put on each house in the scheme.

The group members must cover the balance of the cost but these can be kept down if they are willing to do some of the labour. It is up to the members to arrange finance and to decide how much each member will pay. The most common method is a flat rate per house but financial circumstances can be taken into account, as can voluntary labour.

Subsidy towards the operational costs of group water schemes

Local authorities are responsible for giving subsidies to group water schemes that provide a water supply for domestic purposes. The water must be of a high quality and the local authority must be satisfied with the way the group conducts its affairs.

This scheme came into operation in 1997 and its objective is to ensure the improvement of rural water supplies. After the abolition of domestic water charges in 1997, it was intended that this scheme would extend those benefits to households supplied by group water schemes.

The amount of subsidy is 100% of the qualifying expenditure, meaning that all the running costs of the scheme are covered by the subsidy as long as they do not exceed the subsidy limit. This must be approved by the local authority. The current limits are:

  • €70 for each house supplied from a local authority source (i.e., public mains)
  • €140 for each house supplied from a private source (e.g., private well on your land, etc.)
  • 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.

Before the subsidy is paid out, the group must provide its local authority with expenditure accounts, giving details of the costs incurred by the group.

For further information on these grants please contact:

Phone: 0404 20296