I am concerned about health issues - What shoud I Do?
If you are concerned that a contaminated well may be affecting your health you should contact your local HSE Environmental Health Service (EHO) in the first instance. Depending on the problem, they may refer you to your local HSE Public Health Department for further advice.
What is Irish Water's Role?
Irish Water has no role to play in abstractions relating to private water supplies. Water charges do not apply to private well owners so long as they are not also connected to a public water supply.
Where can I find out more about Grants?
Private Well Grants
Under the Department of Environment’s scheme, if your house is more than 7 years old and not connected to either a public or a group scheme, you may be eligible for a grant (subject to some conditions). The grant is worth up to €2,031.58 (or 75% of the cost of the work, whichever is the lesser) and must be used to provide a new water supply or to upgrade an existing one. Only one grant per house will be allowed in any 10-year period. In order to qualify for the grant, the proposed work must cost more than €635. A local authority inspection will be carried out before any work starts.
The kind of work that would be eligible for the grant is the drilling of a new well or the provision of essential pumping or water filtration/disinfection equipment.
For more details and application forms, apply to your local authority - List of Local Authority Contact Details.
Water Conservation Grants
A Water Conservation Grant will be paid from September 2015 to households that have registered with Irish Water by the 30th June.
Where can I find out more about protecting my well?
The following leaflets provide additional advice on how to protect your well.
- Risk of Illness from Well Water (Health Service Executive (HSE) leaflet)
- Keeping Your Unregulated Supply Protected (DECLG and Cork Co Co leaflet)
- Is Your Well at Risk from Your Septic Tank (Department of Environment leaflet)
- What I need to know if I have or are considering having a private well (Dublin City Council leaflet)
- Citizens Information on Water Supply (Water Supply leaflet)
- Planning on boring a private well (Sligo Co Co leaflet)
- Institute of Geologists of Ireland (IGI Guidelines on Drilling Water Wells for Private Supplies)
- Environmental Protection Agency - EPA Advice Note on Borehole Construction and Wellhead Protection
- Information on Geology Maps from the Geological Survey of Ireland (Groundwater Mapping Public Viewer)
- EPA GIS Maps (Backyard Web GIS)