Last month, the Commission for Regulation of Utilities (CRU) issued a final decision on Irish Water’s Connection Charging Policy which included a single set of standard connection charges and standardises the scope of work involved in each connection.
The decision follows a public consultation process and engagement with a broad range of stakeholders.
Currently, connections to the Irish Water network are charged at the same rates as applied by Local Authorities prior to the establishment of Irish Water.
As the 31 Local Authorities each had different charging methods and rates there was a wide variation in connection charges across the country.
There are also different levels of connection works which were performed depending on the Local Authority area for example, in some cases the customer may be required to pay the cost of a Road Opening Licence (ROL) and or to procure their own contractor to complete the physical connection works. Recognising the inconsistency and unfairness of the current arrangements, the CRU requested Irish Water to submit proposals for a new Connection Charging Policy.
A 10 week Public Consultation was held in January 2018 on our proposed enduring Connection Charging Policy. This was followed by the publication of a proposed CRU decision which was open for public comments for a further 4 weeks.
The proposals had been broadly supported by the consultation feedback and allowed for the CRU decision.
The policy will simplify the current charging arrangements by providing a single national, clear, transparent and equitable connection charging framework by:
- Setting out Standard Connection Charges for the majority of connecting customers
- Charge for connections based on service need and not the development floor area of the property
- Provide an end-to-end connection service to customers in a consistent, safe, and comprehensive manner
The new charges will start on Monday, 1st April and a transition period will be available to customers so they can chose the most economically beneficial quote between the old and new charges.