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What are the charges for 2014?

  The current charges in Dublin City for 2014 for metered water are as follows:

What are the charges for 2014

Service Provided

Charge Applying

Water Supply and waste water discharge

€1.99 per cubic metre

Meter Standing Charge

Ranges from €151 - €1,512 depending on the supply size

NOTE: 1 cubic meter = 1,000 litres of water. For guidance, a toilet discharges between 6 and 9 litres per flush)

Are domestic properties being charged?

Please see Irish Water metering project  for further details.

Who are non-domestic consumers?

Examples include the following - farms, offices, factories, schools, shops, sports clubs, restaurants, public houses, and commercial activities within domestic residences, etc. In order that charges are applied in a fair, transparent and equitable manner, meters have been installed on all non-domestic connections. The metering of all non-domestic consumers allows for usage based water charges, therefore, the less water you use, the less you pay.

How are charges calculated on metered consumers?

Water charges are based on actual consumption. The less water you use, the less you pay. The charge for wastewater is normally based on the water in - water out principle i.e. the volume of wastewater will be deemed to be equal to the volume of water supplied to the premises. If you have a water connection, but are not connected to the public sewer, water charges will continue to be charged on a consumption basis, but the wastewater charge will not apply.

How are water charges for schools calculated?

A Government decision taken in January 2008 allowed a phased in approach of water charges for schools. The aim of this was to enable schools to reduce their consumption before metered charges were introduced from 1st January 2010:

  • 2007                       €3.00 per year per pupil enrolled
  • 2008                       €3.50 per year per pupil enrolled
  • 2009                       €4.00 per year per pupil enrolled
  • 2010                       €1.72 per m3 (1,000 litres) plus meter standing charge
  • 2011                       €1.81 per m3 (1,000 litres) plus meter standing charge
  • 2012                       €1.90 per m3 (1,000 litres) plus meter standing charge
  • 2013                       €1.99 per m3 (1,000 litres) plus meter standing charge

Usage above 3.5m3/pupil/year is considered excessive. Find out about conserving water at school .

I am a non-domestic customer, however there is a domestic property on my supply. How will my charges be calculated?

Where the mains supply serve both domestic and non-domestic usage, the City Council will apply an appropriate domestic allowance i.e. you will be allowed consume a specified volume of water at no charge.

It is not possible to meter my premises. How will I be charged?

In a small number of cases it is not physically possible to meter each customer individually. In these cases a scheme of fixed charges is utilised. However, every effort is made to meter customers.

How can I reduce my water bill?

By reducing water wastage you will also reduce your water bill. Find out more about conserving water .

Who do I contact if I have a query?

For queries in relation to your supply and metering, please contact the Water Services Division P. 01 222 0600. Queries on water charging should be directed to Rates Office, 16 Castle Street, Dublin 2. P. 01 222 2171.

For more information

Irish Water Contact Details:


Web:  www.water.ie
Twitter:  @IrishWater
Telephone: 1850 278 278 (LoCall)
Minicom:  1850 378 378
(For hearing impaired customers with minicom equipment)
Postal Address: Irish Water, PO Box 860, South City Delivery Office, Cork City

Please continue to contact Dublin City Council for information or issues relating to business account queries, surface water drainage and flood management.

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