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The drilling rigs are impressive machines in operation. They can weigh up to 40t and be over 8ft wide so site access is an important consideration

The drilling rigs are impressive machines in operation. They can weigh up to 40t and be over 8ft wide so site access is an important consideration

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The drilling rigs are impressive machines in operation. They can weigh up to 40t and be over 8ft wide so site access is an important consideration

YOU don't have to get planning permission for a private well provided the quantity that will be pumped is less than 5 million litres per day.

Realistically no domestic or farm application would exceed that quantity.

However, one caveat on the planning permission rules is that if you are building the likes of a new dairy unit and you intend to sink a well, you must outline on the plan where you intend to sink the well.

There are no grants available to farmers for sinking wells as it is deemed to be a commercial activity.

Domestic applicants may be able to get a grant from your local authority if you're upgrading an existing well or building a new one.

Maximum

The maximum grant you can get is €2,031.58, or three-quarters of the cost of the work – whichever is less.

To be eligible for a grant, your house must be more than seven years old and not connected to either a public or group water scheme.

If building your own well, be sure that you follow the very useful guidelines on water well construction drawn up by the Institute of Geologists of Ireland (these can be found at www.igi.ie).

This is a really helpful resource and it has been drawn up with input from experts in the field, including respected drilling contractors, geologists and engineers.

Are you eligible for grant aid to drill a well?

Grant applications must be made to your local authority on Form WG1 and should be accompanied by a site location map of the house concerned.

A detailed specification and estimates on the cost of the proposed works should also be provided if the nature and extent of the proposed works are known when making the grant application to the local authority.

A person is eligible for a grant if he or she is:

* Providing a piped supply of water to an existing house for the first time;

* Carrying out improvements to a seriously deficient existing piped supply of water to a house;

* The dwelling is seven years old or over and not connected to a public water supply.

A person is not eligible for a grant if in the opinion of the local authority:

* The house concerned is not occupied by the applicant as his or her normal place of residence, such as a holiday home;

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* The house is already connected to a public or group scheme water supply;

* The area in which the house is located is already served by a public water supply or a group scheme water supply (or about to be connected);

* The house concerned is under construction or has been constructed within the previous seven years.

Main issues with drilling

* How far should a drinking water well be located from a septic tank system?

Locating the well up gradient of the tank is most important.

Regulations may require a setback distance of a minimum of 100ft, depending on your council regulations.

* What width should my entrance be to allow access for the machine?

Allow at least 8-10ft minimum and remember the drilling rigs are heavy machines so expect some ground damage.

* How much will my well cost?

Price per foot/metre will usually be given in a free quotation. The final cost will depend on the total depth but a ballpark minimum cost is €3,500.

* Will my new or existing well be subject to water rates to be introduced by the government?

No. Private wells will not be charged water rates; only homes that get their mains supply from the local authority will be affected.

* Can an unregistered farmer claim VAT back on the drilling of a well?

Yes, unregistered farmers can claim VAT back at the end of the year on the VAT 58 form.


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