For Written Answer on : 15/02/2022
Question Number(s): 348 Question Reference(s): 7612/22
Department: Housing, Local Government and Heritage
Asked by: David Stanton T.D.
To ask the Minister for Housing; Local Government and Heritage if his attention has been drawn to the fact that an eircode is required before well water grants can be considered by a local authority; if his attention has been further drawn to the delays in allocating eircodes; the steps he plans to take to ensure that well water grant allocations are not stalled as a result of delays in the issuing of eircodes; and if he will make a statement on the matter.
Under the Housing (Private Water Supply Financial Assistance) Regulations 2020, I approved the revised grant scheme to support improvement works for a private water supply. This grant is administered by local authorities on behalf of my Department. The purpose of the grant is to assist householders dependent on a private water supply (individual well) for their household use, by financially assisting them where they incur capital expenditure, to carry out improvements to the supply to ensure that the water supply is wholesome and clean, or to ensure that the quantity supplied is sufficient to meet the domestic needs of the house.
Under the Terms and Conditions of the grant, an Eircode of the dwelling is required to determine grant eligibility. I am not aware of any negative impact on grant payments resulting from possible delays with Eircodes.
Matters relating to Eircodes are dealt with by the Department of Environment, Climate and Communications.