Water Supply

1. Public Mains

Irish Water is the national water utility responsible for the delivery of water services to homes and businesses in Ireland.

The contact details for Irish Water are;

Web: https://www.water.ie/

Twitter: @IrishWater

Telephone: 1850 278 278

Minicom: 1850 378 378 (For hearing impaired customers with minicom equipment)

Public Water Schemes (PWS) in County Offaly are:

Tullamore

Birr

Edenderry

Tullamore North PWS

Banagher PWS

Edenderry PWS

Tullamore South & Clonaslee PWS

Birr PWS

Rhode PWS

Clara / Ferbane PWS

Mountbolus PWS

Portarlington PWS

Rahan-Tully PWS

Shinrone / Brosna PWS

Daingean PWS

Moyclare RWSS

Moneygall PWS

Geashill PWS

 Agall/Hollimshill PWS

Kinnitty PWS

Walsh Island PWS

 

Kilcormac PWS

Clonbullogue PWS

 

Dunkerrin PWS

 

 

Coolderry PWS

 

 

 

Offaly County Council continues to deal with the following water services related activities:

 2.  Rural Water / Group Water Schemes

Offaly County Council administers subsidies for the following

Group Water Schemes (GWS) in County Offaly:

 

Tullamore

Birr

Edenderry

Meelaghans GWS

Clareen/Aghancon GWS

Ballyfore/ Ballykilleen GWS

Killeigh GWS

Rath GWS

Mountlucas GWS

Boher GWS

Cadamstown GWS

Bracknagh GWS

Tubber GWS

Clondelara GWS

Ballinagar GWS

Clonfanlough GWS

 

Bloomhill GWS

 

 

Ballyboy GWS

 

 

 

For connection to any of the above Group Water Schemes please contact the Individual scheme directly.

3. Individual Well Grant

Grants are available under the Rural Water Programme for the carrying out of improvement works to a private water supply (this means a water supply providing water intended for human consumption and domestic purposes that serves only one house).  The relevant Regulations are Housing (Private Water Supply Financial Assistance) Regulations 2020 (SI No. 192 of 2020).

Please note that this scheme does not apply to houses to which a Public Water Supply or a Group Water Scheme has already been provided or can reasonably be provided.

The key features of the scheme are:

  • The grant payable for rehabilitation works is 85% of approved costs subject to a maximum of €3,000.00, where the Local Authority agrees that this is the most appropriate solution.
  • The grant payable for the provision of a new well is 85% of approved costs subject to a maximum of €5,000.00, where the Local Authority agrees that this is the most appropriate solution.
  • The provision of a water quality treatment system (typically filtration and Ultra Violet treatment) qualifies for 100% funding up to a maximum of €1,000.00, where the Local Authority agrees that this is the most appropriate solution. This can be claimed on its own or in addition to either the grant for rehabilitation works or the grant for a new well. This does not include water softeners in hard water areas.
  • The minimum grant threshold is €750.00

How do I apply?

If there is no access to a Public Water Supply or a Group Water Scheme you may apply for a grant to bore / source your own well. The application forms and Terms & Conditions are available here.

The objective of the grant scheme is to assist households, dependent on private individual water supplies who are incurring capital expenditure to:

  • provide a piped supply of water for domestic purposes, or
  • remedy serious deficiencies in an existing supply of water for domestic purposes

 Eligibility:

A person is eligible for a grant if they are:

  • providing a piped supply of water to an existing house for the first time

or

  • carrying out improvements to a seriously deficient existing piped supply of water to a house, where the supply of water concerned is from an existing well.

 A person is not eligible for a grant if, in the opinion of the Local Authority:

  • The house concerned is not occupied by the applicant as his/her normal place of residence (e.g. a holiday home)
  • The house is at present connected or could be connected to a Public Water Supply or a Group Water Scheme.
  • A grant for the provision or improvement of a water supply has been paid in the past 7 years.

 Qualifying Works:

Works qualify under the scheme where they are undertaken to provide or improve a supply of water for domestic purposes in a house and they consist of one or more of the following:

 

  • Drilling or commissioning a new well
  • Rehabilitating an existing well, including deepening or relining an existing bore or the removal of silt
  • The provision of facilities or equipment for the treatment of water

 

Works do not qualify if, in the opinion of the Local Authority:

  • They have an approved cost of less than €750.00
  • The proposed works would exceed what would be required to secure an adequate supply for domestic purposes
  • They are carried out before the Local Authority’s inspection of proposed works.

 

Inspection of proposed works:

The Local Authority will carry out a prior inspection to:

  • Determine eligibility and whether the proposed works qualify
  • Establish, in the case where the application relates to the improvement of an existing supply, whether the supply is seriously deficient

PWS1a Application Form.docx (size 53.1 KB) 

PWS1b Payment Claim Form.docx (size 48.9 KB) 

PWS Grant Terms and Conditions.docx (size 139.3 KB)

Should you have any queries please contact the Water Services Department in Offaly County Council on (057)93 57416 or email: environment@offalycoco.ie

Please note the following GDPR Notice

Privacy Notice

The Department is committed to protecting and respecting your privacy. This Privacy Notice explains how the Department, as the Data Controller, will process the personal data provided to it in respect of the management and administration of these schemes of financial assistance; how that information will be used, and what rights you may exercise in relation to your personal data.

 

Should you have any queries please contact the Water Services Department in Offaly County Council on (057)93 57416 or email: environment@offalycoco.ie