Grants for Individual Water Supplies for Houses

The objective of the scheme is to provide grant assistance to households who are dependent on private individual well supplies and incurring capital expenditure.


A person is eligible for a grant if he or she is:

  • 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 a supply other than a public or group scheme supply

Please note that Limerick City and County Council will carry out a prior inspection to determine eligibility of the application under the terms of the scheme.

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  • The house must be occupied by the applicant as his/ her normal place of residence
  • The house must be built over seven years

The applicant is not eligible for a grant:

  • Where the houses concerned is under construction or has been constructed within the previous seven years
  • If the house can be served by an existing or proposed Group Water Supply Scheme
  • If a grant for the provision of the house concerned or the provision of a water supply to that house has been paid in the previous seven years.

Please Note: Works carried out before a prior inspection by Limerick City and County Council do not qualify.

If the grant is applied for in respect of water treatment, Limerick City and County Council requires that water quality tests (before and after works) are supplied together with three quotations for the proposed works.

In all instances, the application form must be accompanied by a site location map of the house concerned.

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Qualifying Works

Works that qualify under the scheme where they are undertaken to provide or implement a water supply for domestic purposes:

  • Drilling or commissioning a new well.
  • Rehabilitating an existing well, including deepening or relining an existing bore, or the removal of silt.
  • Providing or upgrading a supply of water from a surface water source.
  • The construction or improvement of a pump house, piping or other facilities in connection with the supply of water.
  • The provision or improvement of mechanical or electrical equipment or facilities in connection with the supply of water.
  • The provision or improvement of facilities or equipment for the treatment of water other than the installation of a water softener.

The following works do not qualify where, in the opinion of the local authority:

  • They have an approved cost of less than €634.87.
  • The proposed cost of the works exceeds what would be required to secure an adequate supply of water for domestic purposes.
  • They relate to the installation or improvement of plumbing inside a house.
  • They relate to the provision or upgrading of a supply of water for non-domestic purposes.
  • They are carried out before the local authority’s prior inspection takes place.

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Prior Inspection and Provisional Approval

Limerick City and County Council will carry out an inspection prior to works being carried out to determine that the applicant is eligible, the proposed works qualify, and all other terms and conditions of the scheme are complied with.

At this stage Limerick City and County Council will determine the approved cost of the works and the amount of the grant. Once this has been carried out, the applicant will be issued with a Certificate of Provisional Approval, allowing the works to be carried out.

The approved cost, the amount on the basis of which the grant is calculated, is determined by the local authority. It is an estimate of the reasonable cost of qualifying works.

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Grant Amount

The amount of a grant will be:

a) 75% of the approved cost or, where appropriate, the revised approved cost, (paragraphs 10.2 and 10.3 refer)
b) Or €2,031.58, whichever is less

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Carrying Out of Works

After receipt of the Certificate of Provisional Approval, the works concerned may commence.

The works must be carried out by a contractor registered for VAT who holds a current Form C2 or tax clearance certificate from the Revenue Commissioners.

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Claiming Payment

On completion of the works, payment of the grant may be claimed by the applicant, by signing the declaration incorporated in the Certificate of Provisional Approval, and returning it together with receipts in respect of qualifying works to Limerick City and County Council. 

Payment of Grants

Following receipt of a claim for payment, the local authority will carry out an inspection of the works to establish that:

  1. The works proposed in the application have been satisfactorily undertaken and completed, and
  2. A water supply which is satisfactory in both quality and quantity has been provided.

Once this has been established, the grant will be paid.

Payment of the grant will be made provided that the local authority are, following an inspection of the works, satisfied that the works have been carried out in accordance with the terms of the scheme, the application and this certificate.

No grant will be paid out until such time as the Council is satisfied that the water is of potable quality and is sufficient for your household needs.

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This service is provided by

Water Services Department

Phone +353 61 556000