Private Well Water Treatment Grants

The Irish well water treatment grants scheme assists households dependent on private individual water supplies.

Private Well Water Treatment Grants
Rural Irish households still use private wells for their home water supply.  Unlike public water supplies, these private wells do not get checked by water testing authorities which questions the quality of water in your private well.

If you do not have access to public water or group water scheme, the Well Grant Scheme is just for you.  Grants are available under the Rural Water Programme for the carrying out of improvement works to a private water supply (this means a water supply providing water intended for human consumption and domestic purposes that serves only one house).

The objective of the scheme is to provide assistance to households who are dependent on private individual well supplies and incurring capital expenditure.


  • Provision of a new well – grant aid of 85% of the costs, subject to a maximum of €5,000
  • Rehabilitation works – grant aid of 85% of the costs, subject to a maximum of €3,000
  • Water Treatment (UV, Filtration) – grant of 100% of the costs, subject to a maximum of €1,000


  • Drilling of a new well
  • Provision of essential pumping
  • Water filtration/disinfection equipment (excluding water softeners)
  • Rehabilitating an existing well, including deepening or relining an existing bore or the removal of silt
  • Providing or upgrading a supply of water from a surface water source
  • Provision or improvement of mechanical or electrical equipment or facilities in connection with the supply of water.


  • You are not connected to a public water supply or cannot be reasonably served by a public or group water supply scheme source.
  • The house is not located in an area that is or is about to be, served by Irish Water or a Group Water Scheme.
  • Your house must be over 7 years old.
  • You have not received a grant within the last 7 years.
  • The cost of the approved works must be over €750
  • The house is occupied by the applicant as a normal place of residence.

Note: Normal place of residence includes long-term rentals but excludes private holiday homes and properties operated on a commercial basis such as short-term rentals, self-catering properties, mobile homes/caravans. Properties owned by local authorities, housing associations, Health Services Executive etc. are not eligible.


  • An application for a grant under this scheme must be made to a local authority on Form PWS 1a which can be downloaded from the respective county council’s website or contact us.
  • No matter what county you’re based in, getting a water grant can be a tricky and often lengthy process. To prevent you from the hassle, our staff will go through the process with you.
  • One Eight Filtration specialises in well water treatment.  We have helped homeowners to improve their well water quality while availing local authority well grants.
  • A detailed water test needs to be taken before any work is completed to ensure the proper water treatment system is installed.
  • One Eight Filtration can carry out detailed water tests and provide assistance in filling out the well grant application forms