There is no application fee. However, should any investigative or detailed design works be required in order to process an application for a business connection, the customer may be liable to pay associated costs through a Project Works Services Agreement (PWSA). Irish Water will advise you of any such costs in advance, and fees become due when an offer is issued.
Currently, connections to the Irish Water network are charged at the same rates as applied by Local Authorities prior to the establishment of Irish Water. From 1 April 2019, a new Connection Charging Policy will be in place which includes a single set of standard connection charges and standardises the scope of work involved in each connection. The decision follows a public consultation process and engagement with a broad range of stakeholders. To view these charges, please visit our Connections Charges page.
Only Irish Water or agents acting on our behalf can carry out works on strategic or public infrastructure.
Local infrastructure in housing and mixed use developments may be constructed by either the customer, or by Irish Water or our agents. The connection agreement will set out who is to construct the local infrastructure.
The guidance provided in this section is for an application for a connection. Other requirements, such as planning permissions or Trade Effluent Discharge to Sewer Licence are distinct processes which must be completed separately. For more details on the Trade Effluent Discharge to Sewer Licence, please visit our Trade Effluent section.
It is estimated that 180,000 homes in Ireland together with public buildings, schools, medical centres and other buildings over 40 years old, may have lead plumbing. Water passes through lead pipes and fittings, lead can dissolve into it. The majority of lead found in drinking water comes from the lead plumbing inside the property boundary and that’s the responsibility of the owner. If your home was built before 1980, then you should check your plumbing for lead. If there is lead then you should replace the plumbing, and the Government has a grant scheme that you may qualify for. There is a process for replacing the public side of the lead service connection following that, please follow that process using our Lead Pipe Scheme Application Form rather than apply for a connection.