Householders who refuse to pay their water charges will still be able to claim their €100 water conservation grant
Householders who refuse to pay their water charges will still be able to claim their €100 water conservation grant because of a loophole in the law.
The Department of Social Protection has confirmed it will not require proof that an Irish Water bill has been paid before handing over the money.
That’s despite the fact the grant was introduced by the Government to help households with their bills in a move aimed at quelling growing public protest over water charges late last year.
With the grant, the flat rate bill for a single person household will be reduced to €60 and €160 per year for a multi-occupancy household.
Every household is entitled to the €100 once they register with Irish Water, including those who are not Irish Water customers because they are on group water schemes or have wells and septic tanks.