41,000 households apply for Water Conservation Grant since deadline extension
Over 41,000 additional households have applied for the €100 Water Conservation Grant since the deadline was extended two weeks ago.
Latest figures reveal 41,171 people have applied for the conservation payment since the extension on October 8.
As of this evening, the total number of applications for the grant stood at 854,830.
Over 1.3million householders are eligible to apply, as they have registered with Irish Water.
The Department of Social Protection, who are charged with administering the payment, is hoping for a late surge in households registering ahead of tomorrow’s midnight deadline.
Additional helpline numbers had been set up to deal with the in flux of late calls before the extension was announced two weeks ago.
A spokesman for Environment Minister, Alan Kelly, confirmed there will be no further pushing forward of the deadline, irrespective of the final number of applications.
He urged all households who have not done so to apply as soon as possible.
However, the initiative has come in for criticism from some quarters.
Earlier this year, Fianna Fáil leader, Micheál Martin, questioned why people refusing to pay their water bill are still eligible for the grant.
“You actually get paid for not paying your water bill… why would you pay it at all? Those who have paid must be looking askance at all of this.”
The Government insists the grant is “to enable households to adopt a more environmentally friendly approach to their use of water and wastewater services.”
The Helpline can be contacted at 0761-087-890, 021-206-5880 and 1890-100-043.
Lines will remain open from 9am until midnight tomorrow.
Those looking to register can visit www.watergrant.ie.