Grants for water well and geothermal drilling in Ireland


What Grants Are Available?

Approximately 11% of Irish people get their water from private water supplies.

Various grants are available in Ireland to assist homeowners, businesses, and agricultural enterprises in accessing and implementing high-quality water systems.

Below, we provide an overview of the types of grants that might be available for water well drilling, geothermal drilling, landfill drilling, as well as for installing water pumps, filtration systems, and water treatment solutions.


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)

Under the Housing (Private Water Supply Financial Assistance) Regulations 2020 (SI No. 192 of 2020).

The key features of the scheme are:

  • the grant payable for rehabilitation works is 85% of approved costs subject to a maximum of 3,000 euro
  • the grant payable for the provision of a new well is 85% of approved costs subject to a maximum of 5,000 euro, where the housing authority agrees that this is the most appropriate solution
  • in recognising the role of the grant in improving water quality, the water quality treatment element (typically filtration and Ultra Violet treatment) qualifies for 100% funding up to a maximum of 1,000 euro. This can be claimed on its own or in addition to either the grant for rehabilitation works or the grant for a new well
  • the minimum grant threshold is 750 euro

Water Well Drilling Grants

Exploring grants for water well drilling in Ireland reveals opportunities for households in rural areas dependent on private water supplies, such as wells, to enhance and maintain their water quality. These grants are designed to ensure that private water sources meet the high standards necessary for safe, clean drinking water. Here’s a closer look at the support available:

Key Features of Water Well Drilling Grant Schemes

  • Focus on Rural Water Programme: This programme specifically targets improvements in private water supplies that serve individual houses, providing financial support for necessary works to secure safe drinking water.
  • Administration by Local Authorities: The administration of these grants falls to local housing authorities, which act on behalf of the Department of Housing, Local Government, and Heritage. To apply or learn more, homeowners should reach out directly to the rural water section of their local authority.
  • Owner Responsibilities: It’s important to note that private wells do not undergo testing by water services authorities. Therefore, well owners are responsible for the regular testing of their water to ensure it adheres to safety and quality standards.
  • Importance of Maintenance: To minimize contamination risks, regular maintenance, proper construction, and effective sealing against pollution are vital. Owners considering new well drilling should prioritize these aspects along with regular disinfection processes.

Grants for Geothermal Heating Systems and Geothermal Drilling

Ireland offers a variety of grant schemes aimed at promoting the adoption of geothermal heating systems, specifically ground source heat pumps. These initiatives support renewable energy use, aiming to decrease carbon emissions and enhance energy efficiency in homes. Here’s an insight into the assistance provided:

SEAI Grants for Ground Source Heat Pumps

  • SEAI Better Energy Homes Scheme: The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) facilitates the transition to more energy-efficient heating through grants for installing ground source heat pumps. Homeowners can secure financial aid, helping to offset the costs associated with adopting these renewable heating solutions, leading to improved energy efficiency and reduced heating expenses.
  • SEAI Deep Retrofit Pilot Programme: For those undertaking extensive energy efficiency renovations, this programme supports the integration of renewable technologies, including ground source heat pumps. It’s designed for homeowners dedicated to significant upgrades, offering grants to implement sustainable heating systems as part of broader retrofitting efforts.

Local Initiatives and Energy Efficiency Benefits

  • Local Authority Support: Beyond national programmes, certain local councils in Ireland might provide extra incentives for renewable energy system installations. It’s beneficial for homeowners to consult with their local authority or the SEAI to uncover specific schemes or funding opportunities in their region.
  • Boosting Energy Efficiency: The installation of a ground source heat pump transcends merely reducing emissions; it significantly bolsters a home’s energy efficiency. This enhancement, particularly when coupled with adequate insulation and building improvements, can lead to substantial savings on heating bills over time.

Grants for Water Pumps, Water Treatment, and Water Filtration Systems in Ireland

Ireland provides a range of grant schemes designed to support households relying on private water supplies. These initiatives are crucial for the installation of water pumps, water treatment systems, and water filtration systems, ensuring that drinking water from private sources meets safety and quality standards. Below are detailed insights into these grant opportunities:

Well Water Treatment Grant Scheme

  • Focus on Rural Households: This scheme is particularly geared towards rural households utilizing private water supplies, such as wells. Financial assistance is available under the Rural Water Programme for improvement works on private supplies serving individual houses.

Grant Eligibility Criteria

  • Age and Connection Requirements: Eligibility for these grants necessitates that the dwelling is over 7 years old and not connected to public water supplies or small group schemes. The property should be the applicant’s primary residence, with holiday homes not qualifying.
  • Support for Private Supplies: The scheme specifically targets households with private well supplies that lack access to public or group water systems.

Qualifying Works and Financial Assistance

  • Scope of Works: Eligible works include drilling new wells, where up to 85% of costs could be reimbursed (to a maximum of €5000), rehabilitating existing wells (with grants up to €3000), and the construction or improvement of pump houses, piping, water treatment facilities, and related mechanical or electrical equipment.
  • Inspection and Cost Approval: A preliminary inspection by the local authority is required to determine the project’s eligibility, define the qualifying works, and approve the estimated cost. This estimate reflects the reasonable cost of undertaking the approved improvements.

Engaging with Grant Schemes

To navigate these opportunities and make informed decisions on water well drilling, geothermal heating solutions, water pumps, water treatment and filtration systems, you should delve into the specifics of these grants. Exploring eligibility requirements, application processes, and the scope of funding through the SEAI website and potential local authority offerings is crucial.

For more information on home grants visit the SEAI Home Energy Grants page.

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