Water Services (No. 2) Act 2013

Number 50 of 2013



Updated to 15 October 2023

This Revised Act is an administrative consolidation of the Water Services (No. 2) Act 2013. It is prepared by the Law Reform Commission in accordance with its function under the Law Reform Commission Act 1975 (3/1975) to keep the law under review and to undertake revision and consolidation of statute law.

All Acts up to and including the Historic and Archaeological Heritage and Miscellaneous Provisions Act 2023 (26/2023), enacted 13 October 2023, and all statutory instruments up to and including the Water Services (No. 2) Act 2013 (Property Vesting Day) Order 2023 (S.I. No. 494 of 2023), made 10 October 2023, were considered in the preparation of this Revised Act.

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Number 50 of 2013



Updated to 15 October 2023



Preliminary and General


1. Short title, collective citation and commencement

2. Definitions

3. Expenses

4. Repeals


Transfer of Functions, Property and Staff

5. Definitions in this Part

6. Transfer day

7. Transfer of functions from water service authorities to Irish Water

8. Transfer of functions under certain other enactments to Irish Water

9. Immunity

10. Continuance of certain functions of water service authorities

11. Provisions consequent upon transfer of functions to Irish Water

12. Transfer of property of water services authorities

13. Transfer of rights and certain liabilities, and continuation of leases, licences and permissions granted by water services authorities

14. Transfer of other liabilities

15. Liability for loss occurring before relevant day

16. Licences under section 16 of the Local Government (Water Pollution) Act 1977

17. Licences and certificates under certain other enactments

18. Other licences, authorisations and permits

19. Transfer of staff


Water Charges

20. Definition in this Part

21. Power to charge for water services

22. Water charges plan

23. Agreement in relation to water charges

23A. Registration with Irish Water


Irish Water

24. Definitions in this Part

25. Memorandum of association and articles of association of Irish Water

26. Directions of Minister

27. Staff

28. Superannuation

29. Payments to Irish Water in respect of superannuation

30. Application of sections 2 and 2A of Financial Emergency Measures in the Public Interest Act 2010

31. Performance of functions by local authorities on behalf of Irish Water

32. Codes of practice

32A. Water services policy statement

33. Water services strategic plan

34. Investment plans

34A. Strategic funding plan

35. Borrowing by Irish Water

36. Grants by Minister

37. Advances out of Central Fund

38. Authorised persons


Economic Regulation

39. Performance of functions of Commission

40. Advisory role of Commission

41. Strategy statement

42. Directions to Commission

43. Information and cooperation


Amendment of Certain Enactments

44. Amendment of Act of 1999

45. Amendment of Act of 2007

46. Amendment of Act of 2013

Number 50 of 2013



Updated to 15 October 2023

An Act to make provision for, and in relation to, the imposition of charges by Irish Water in respect of the provision by Irish Water of water services; to provide for the transfer, in part, of the functions of water services authorities under the Water Services Act 2007 to Irish Water; to repeal the Local Government (Delimitation of Water Supply Disconnection Powers) Act 1995, certain provisions of the Water Services Act 2013 and, for certain purposes, certain provisions of the Water Services Act 2007; to amend the Water Services Act 2007 and certain other enactments; and to provide for matters connected therewith.

[25th December, 2013]

Be it enacted by the Oireachtas as follows: