Not really — kind of. By registering before today you guaranteed that your first Irish Water bill will be for the correct amount. By not registering before today, you are leaving yourself open to being billed the €260 rate.
None. Environment Minister Alan Kelly and Irish Water were at pains yesterday to stress that no one will face a penalty for not having registered by yesterday, despite an indication earlier yesterday from Labour Senator Lorraine Higgins that there might be.
Not necessarily, but Mr Kelly said yesterday was an “administrative date” to ensure you get billed the right amount based on the composition of your household and so you can access a water conservation grant. But not registering by yesterday does not mean you are unable to access it.
If that happens, Irish Water says you can contact them to inform them of the issue, the bill will be recalculated and you should receive a rebate at the time you receive your second quarterly bill.
If you fail to make any payments over the first year, a penalty sum of €30 for an one-person household and €60 for all other households will apply to your account.
No one knows for sure at the moment. Mr Kelly will publish proposals at the end of the month on the options, and Elizabeth Arnett, head of communications and corporate services at Irish Water, said it would look at the possibility of using the services of debt collection agencies to “pursue the debt”.
Then you pay the lower figure.
Mr Kelly said that there would be a deadline later in the summer for that. You must apply separately to the Department of Social Protection for it, having already registered with Irish Water, and then you receive a €100 rebate in September.
A first quarterly payment of €40 for a one adult household, and a first bill of €65 for other households.