Your business charges
In January 2014 Irish Water assumed responsibility for public water and wastewater services in Ireland. We manage all aspects of business water accounts including billing for water services.
View your current water charges
Irish Water has maintained the previous water charge rates of each Local Authority which were applied on 31 December 2013. Enter the name of your Local Authority in the search box to view your current water charges.
The application of VAT and the timing of its introduction is a matter for the Government. There is no change in VAT at this time for business customers. Water services that were previously exempt from VAT will continue to be exempt.
Creating a fair charging framework
There are currently over 44 different business charging regimes with over 500 different price levels across the country. As a result, customers with similar water services pay very different amounts depending on their location.
The Commission for Regulation of Utilities (CRU)
The Commission for Regulation of Utilities (CRU) has launched a final consultation on its proposed decision on future water tariffs for businesses. Irish Water welcomes this Proposed Decision which sets out a national set of charges that will be transparent, cost reflective, and equitable for all businesses countrywide.
The proposal covers:
- The design of the new price structure
- A review of the costs of serving the business community
- How it's planned to gradually transition business customers to the new framework over time
Key changes proposed
- National Charges as opposed to individual Local Authority charges
- Charges which reflect the actual costs of providing water services to the business sector
- Increases or decreases in charges for business customers depending on current charges
- Transitional arrangements to ensure bill changes are implemented fairly and with time to plan ahead
Who is affected
The new business charges will apply to both business customers and mixed-use customers who use water services for both business and domestic purposes.
Irish Water’s analysis indicates that the 83% of connections will see their annual bill decrease, stay the same, or increase by less than €250. Only 17% of connections will see their bill rise by €250 or more.
Use our Business Tariff Calculator to see what your potential new tariff could be.
The CRU published our proposal papers along with a number of observations during the first round of consultations, seeking feedback from business customers, the water industry and all other interested parties.
The CRU’s Proposed Decision, published on 15 April 2019, reflects its amendments to Irish Water’s original proposals following consideration of the feedback received from a range of stakeholders including business and farming representatives and members of the public. This consultation will be open for a number of weeks.
Final decision on the new tariffs
Once responses to the Proposed Decision consultation have been considered, the CRU will issue their Final Decision in mid 2019. The confirmed changes to business tariffs are expected in Q2 2020. We will communicate directly with all businesses when the CRU Final Decision is published and the new tariffs and charges are confirmed.
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Future Charges FAQs
Yes the CRU has recently published a proposal on how business customers should be charged in the future. To review the proposal and/or to provide feedback visit www.cru.ie. This consultation period opened on the 15th of April 2019 and will run for 4 weeks, after which the CRU will review any feedback before making a final decision on business charges. This final decision is expected later this year and it is expected that the new tariffs will come into effect during circa quarter two 2020.
There are currently over 44 different charging regimes across the country with different price structures and over 500 different price levels. Therefore, customers with similar water services pay very different amounts depending on their location. The CRU requested that we submit a proposal for a new business charges framework that reflects a more harmonised suite of charges for business water and wastewater customers.
Based on the CRU's proposed decision currently open for consultation, the analysis indicates that 83% of customers will see their annual bill decrease, stay the same, or increase by less than €250. To get an idea of what your future bills might be, please use our business tariff calculator.
Yes. The proposed decision on new tariffs includes a transition path for customers whose annual bill increases by €250 or more. It is proposed that these customers will gradually move to the new price over 3 years. Where a customer faces an annual bill increase of €750 or greater, a 10% cap will apply to their annual bill increase in any one year.