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Domestic Lead Remediation Grant

Grants Payable Under the Domestic Lead Remediation (Financial Assistance) Regulations 2016 (S.I. No. 56 of 2016).

The Department of Environment, Community and Local Government has put a grant scheme in place to reduce exposure to lead in domestic drinking water. The scheme will assist low-income households with the cost of replacing lead pipes and fittings within their homes. The value of a grant payable is determined on the basis of gross household income and subject to maximum of either €4,000 or €2,500 depending on one’s income.

Guidelines and Application forms can be downloaded from Tipperary County Council’s website at www.tipperarycoco.ie . Alternatively, you can contact Tipperary County Council by telephone, (0761 06 5000), or in person for full information and forms.

Completed forms are to be returned to Tipperary County Council, Water Services, Rural Water Programme, Civic Offices, Limerick Road, Nenagh, Co. Tipperary.

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What is a “Remediation of Domestic Lead Piping Grant”?

The grant is available to assist owners of premises connected to a domestic water supply with the costs of replacing lead piping or related fittings located within the internal distribution system of the premises, as defined in the Water Services Act 2007. The premises concerned must be occupied by the applicant as his or her principle private residence. Those who qualify will be in the low to middle income bracket, (€50,000 = €4,000; €50,001 - €75,000 = €2,500).

Where can I obtain an Application Form and to whom do I apply for this Grant?

Tipperary County Council, Water Services, Civic Offices, Limerick Road, Nenagh, Co. Tipperary.

What does Internal Distribution System mean in relation to the Domestic Lead Remediation Grant?

For the purposes of the Domestic Lead Remediation Grant, this phrase refers to the water system within your home, containing the piping, fittings and plumbing.

What is intended by “the curtilage of your premises”?

Your garden, path, driveway, or that area of your property, through which pipe network runs in order to connect your home to the public supply.

Am I Eligible for a Domestic Lead Remediation Grant?

You will need to complete an application form for a Domestic Lead Remediation Grant and submit this with supporting documentation to Tipperary County Council, Water Services, Civic Offices, Limerick Road, Nenagh, Co. Tipperary, in order to receive a definite decision regarding eligibility. You may be eligible for assistance if:

you have a notification from a Water Supplier advising that there is likely to be lead plumbing, (pipes and fittings), within the curtilage of your premises; or

you have a Certificate issued within the 6 months immediately prior to the date of application by a Laboratory, which is Accredited for testing for lead in drinking water, which shows a parametric value for lead in the water supply at your premises which exceeds the statutory limit. Currently the Statutory Limit is 10μg/l, (10micrograms per litre). The Laboratory issuing that Certificate must be Accredited by the Irish National Accreditation Board, (INAB). Health Services Executive is an Accredited Laboratory for the purpose;

your Household Income is within the limits set, (low to middle income bracket, €50,000 = €4,000; €50,001 - €75,000 = €2,500);

the approved cost of works to be carried out is greater than €200.

What supporting documentation do I need for a Domestic Lead Remediation Grant?

Evidence of Household Income:

Persons in the PAYE, (Pay as You Earn category), need a Balancing Statement or equivalent document, P60s, for the Tax Year before the year of application;

Persons who are Self-Employed need a Notice of Income Tax Assessment or equivalent;

Both Balancing Statements and Notices of Income Tax Assessment are issued by the Revenue Commissioners. Equivalent documents include signed statements or letters issued by the Revenue Commissioners, showing the Taxable Income for the Tax year before the application was made.

Persons with an Income from Social Welfare need a Statement of Taxable Income from the Department of Social Protection.

Contractor Carrying Out the Work:

Receipts from each Contractor you engaged to carry out replacement work. These documents must outline the work carried out and the cost associated;

Certification from those Contractors who did the work to the effect that all materials used, (pipes and fittings), are of appropriate quality and that the proper standard of workmanship has been applied.
It is the applicant’s responsibility to satisfy themselves that all Contractors engaged are competent to carry out the work and suitable materials are used.

Neither the County Council or Department of Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government will guarantee the works carried out. Payment of a Grant will not indicate that either body has responsibility in this regard or endorses the quality of work carried out;

Evidence of Tax Clearance for each Contractor engaged to carry out work. It is the Applicant’s responsibility to ensure that the Contractor they engage has such evidence.

Letter from Water Supplier advising that there may be lead piping present in the Applicant’s home; or
A Certificate issued within the 6 months immediately prior to the date of application by a Laboratory, which is accredited by Irish National Accreditation Board, (INAB), for testing for lead in drinking water, which shows a parametric value for lead in the water supply at your premises which exceeds the statutory limit. Currently the Statutory Limit is 10 μg/l, (10 micrograms per litre). The Laboratory issuing that Certificate must be accredited by the INAB.
Some Accredited Laboratories are:
Public Health Microbiology Laboratory, University College Hospital, Microbiology Testing Laboratory, Newcastle Road, Galway. Phone: (091) 4 54 47 86, email : enda.burke@hse.ie ;

City Analysts, Shannon Town Centre, Shannon, Co. Clare.  (061) 36 00 3;

Environmental Laboratories Services Ltd., Acorn Business Campus, Mahon Industrial Park, Cork.  Phone (021) 45 36 141, email: info@elsltd.com;

ALS Ltd., Carrigeen Business Park, Clonmel, Co. Tipperary. Phone (052) 61 78 100, email: information.ireland@alsglobal.com ;

DO NOTE - this is not a full list of Accredited Laboratories. Contact the INAB at Phone No 1890 289 389 for a full listing. You do need to have the Laboratory you engage confirm that they are accredited for the purpose of testing for lead in drinking water under the Drinking Water Regulations.

If I qualify for a Domestic Lead Remediation Grant when will my grant be paid?

Once work is carried out and all supporting documents are on file, there will need to be an inspection of the work done by County Council personnel. You will need to complete a Bank Details form and forward this to the County Council, (Tipperary County Council makes payment by way of EFT).

Who is a Water Supplier for the Purposes of a Domestic Lead Remediation Grant?

Irish Water is a Water Supplier for the public water schemes. During the National Metering exercise IW will have identified a number of houses where there may be lead piping present. In those cases IW will have issued a letter to this effect to the homeowners. This letter will suffice to attach to one’s application for the grant.

You may have a connection to a Group Water Scheme, and that local Group Water Scheme is a Water Supplier in such circumstances.

If you are sharing a private well with another user, the owner of the private well is the Water Supplier in such a case.

My water source is from my own well. I do have lead plumbing within my home – can I apply for a Domestic Lead Remediation Grant?

Yes, you can. You will require a Certificate from an Accredited Laboratory for testing for lead in drinking water. The Accreditation must be by the Irish National Accreditation Board, (INAB). There are other conditions with which you need to comply.

I carried out works in 2015 – can I apply for a Domestic Lead Remediation Grant?

No the Grant Scheme came into effect in February, 2016. Work carried out before 12/02/2016 does not qualify.

Are there Income Limits for the Domestic Lead Remediation Grant?

Yes.

The level of Grant aid available is determined on the basis of gross household income. That is the gross income of the home owner(s).

Household Income up to €50,000, a Grant maximum of 80% of approved costs or €4,000 is available - whichever is the lesser figure;

Household Income between €50,001 and €75,000, a Grant maximum of 50% of approved costs or €2,500 is available - whichever is the lesser figure;

Household Income greater than €75,000 - there is no Grant available.

What is intended by the phrase “gross household income” for the Domestic Lead Remediation Grant?

Home Owner’s gross income, (that before tax), along with the gross income of the Home Owner’s Spouse in the year prior to that of submitting an application. So where one submits an application on 10th August, 2016, the income documentation should relate to the year 01/01/2015 – 31/12/2015.

Is there a minimum expenditure in order to qualify for a Domestic Lead Remediation Grant?

Yes, work with an approved cost of €200 or less does not qualify for assistance.