There's just over a week to go to apply for the water conservation grant of €100 from Irish Water by June 30.
This is the sop that was thrown to people after the protests, bringing the costs from €260 a family or €160 per single occupier down to €160 and €60 respectively.
However, the bills being sent to householders reflect the higher amount, with the grant only being made as a once-off payment from September. Why it wasn't just deducted off bills is anybody's guess. Come September, the grant won't be paid automatically either (why not?) - instead you'll have to reapply for it separately until October 8. For this, you'll need a Water Point Reference Number (WPRN) and your Irish Water account number, which is on your bill. However, in order to be eligible for the grant, you must be registered for bills via www.water.ie or by calling 1890 448 448. Those who do not apply will still get a water bill, but for the full amount.
Irish Water has not disclosed the number of people who have paid so far. Those with meters already installed, like me, are at least getting to see their usage (metered charge) versus the bill which is a set amount, so can see how it works, and indeed, if there is a leak. If so, they can avail of the 'First Fix Free' policy which, unfortunately, doesn't extend to fixing the high levels of lead found in many Dublin homes.
There - you're on your own.