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 Act 2013 and the Water Services (No.2) Act 2013. Further information is available on www.water.ie, from the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government.
Who is responsible?
The occupier or tenant of a property should pay the water charges applicable to that property. However, where an occupier cannot be identified, then liability for the charge defaults to the owner who will ultimately be responsible for the payment of those charges.
Therefore it is important for owners and landlords to ensure that all water charges are paid.
- Landlords will receive a letter containing the Application Number and PIN code. (Keep these details for your records).
- Once your tenants have registered, you will receive a letter confirming they have done so.
- As agents we will remind tenants to register.
- Irish Water will not accept instructions from property agents.
Irish Water are awaiting confirmation regarding metering and the process involved when a tenant moves out and another tenancy begins.