Lead Pipe Replacement Scheme

In order to reduce exposure to lead in drinking water, a grant scheme to assist low-income households with the cost of replacing lead pipes and fittings within their properties is now available.

Waterford City & County Council will administer the grant on behalf of the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government. The new grant scheme has been established in line with the National Lead Strategy approved by Government in 2015. The principal features of the grant scheme are as follows: Households with income of up to 50,000 euro per annum will be eligible to apply for a grant of 80% of approved costs with a maximum grant payable of 4,000 euro.

Households with incomes between 50,001 euro and 75,000 euro will be eligible for a grant of 50% of approved costs with a maximum grant payable of 2,500 euro.

A grant will only be paid after the works have been carried out and on production of a receipt Applicants must provide evidence of household income – these requirements mirror the conditions for the septic tank and social housing grants which are also administered by the local authorities Contractors engaged by householders must provide a copy of a current tax clearance certificate and certify that the works carried out and the materials and fittings used are of appropriate quality and standard.

Anyone with queries in relation to this grant can contact the Water Services Department of Waterford City & County Council on 0761 10 20 20

Full regulations in relation to the national lead strategy are found here :

  • Domestic Lead Remediation Financial Assistance Regulations 2016
  • Lead Remediation Grant Scheme - Application Form