The construction of water and sewage infrastructure of private individuals

Last updated on 05.10.2020 Cohesion fund

Grant information

PS! From 8 May, residents living in waste water collection areas with fewer than 2000 consumers can apply for a grant from the EIC for connecting to the public water supply and sewerage system. The application period was also extended for the residents of waste water collection areas with more than 2000 consumers.

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Is it possible to apply for a grant?

Here you can use the address or cadastral code of the property to determine whether your residential building is located in a waste water collection area approved by the Minister of the Environment and whether you can apply for support.

What is the purpose of the grant?

  • The purpose of providing the grant is to ensure the collection of waste water in the waste water collection areas approved by the Minister of the Environment.

How big is the budget of the application round?

  • The budget for the whole round is EUR 17 million. Applications will be accepted until the budget is exhausted. It should be kept in mind that the end of the project's eligibility period cannot be later than 23 August 2023. At present (April 2020), EUR 7.6 million has already been covered by financing decisions in the budget. As at 22 April 2020, a total of 2072 payments in the amount of EUR 5,756,552 have been made.

Who can apply for the grant?

  • Inhabitants whose household is located in a waste water collection area that has been approved by the Minister of the Environment are eligible to apply for a grant. You can check this using the search engine found on this page (above). As well as the environmental register.
  • The grant may be applied for by the individual owner, joint owner or co-owner of the registered immovable or right of superficies registered in the land register. The joint owner or co-owner of the registered immovable belonging to the applicant may not be a legal person.

Why is the grant being allocated?

  • The grant is being allocated for the purpose of connecting a residential building located in a waste water collection area to the public water supply and/or sewerage system, or for the construction or reconstruction of a storage tank, and for the construction or conversion of a self-treatment plant for a residential building in a waste water collection area with less than 2000 consumers. We are awarding grants for storage tanks and self-treatment plants in areas in which there is no public sewerage system and where it is known that one will not be established within the next five years. We will support the process of connecting to the public water supply and/or public sewerage system, if the possibility to do so exists, but for some reason this has not been done.

How big is the grant?

  • The amount of the grant is determined based on the average cost of similar construction works and depends on the length of the pipeline to be built. The average grant amounts are within the range of EUR 1132 and EUR 3792.

What should be kept in mind?

  • Construction work may not begin before the decision has been received.
  • The EIC reviews applications within 90 calendar days.
  • The planned activities must be carried out within six months after having received the positive decision.
  • If a supply point has been established for connecting with the water as well as sewage system, the precondition for the grant is connection to both services.
  • As a rule, only one application may be submitted per registered immovable.
  • If several residential buildings have been built on one registered immovable, and a separate supply point has been built for each one, then it is permitted to submit the corresponding number of applications for one registered immovable.
  • In the case of a section of an apartment building, a terraced house or a semi-detached house, several applications can be submitted, if the supply points have been built on the registered immovable.
  • If, following the receipt of the grant and the carrying out of the project, the opportunity to connect to the other service is built for the registered immovable, then it is permitted to submit a new application.
  • If, after connecting to the public water supply, the need should arise to build or rebuild a storage tank or a self-treatment plant, a new application may be submitted.

What is the grant not allocated for?

  • For internal construction works of pipelines in a residential building, including the establishment of a water meter.
  • For the financing of previously conducted works.
  • For the establishment of pipelines to an unbuilt immovable.
  • For the construction of water and sewerage pipelines, a self-treatment plant or storage tank on an immovable with residential buildings built after 21 May 2018.

How do I apply?

  • It is possible to apply:

When applying, one must submit an application form to the EIC, along with the terms and conditions for connecting, as requested from a water undertaking, which include the coordinates of the supply point and an explanation on whether there is a possibility to connect with the public water supply or the public sewerage system.

When building a storage tank or self-treatment plant, confirmation from the water undertaking or local government regarding the absence of a possibility to connect to the public water supply or public sewerage system in the next five years must be appended to the application.

A power of attorney must also be presented if the grant is being applied for with the aid of an authorisation. A sample power of attorney can be found on the righthand side of the page, under ‘Documents to be Completed’.

How do you inform the public about the grant?

  • The grant recipient shall ensure that a poster is present at the location of the supported activity and in a place visible to the public (yard, window, etc.) for the entire duration of the construction works. The poster must be printed in A3 format, in colour, and must be weather proof. If there is no option to print, then we recommend asking for help from a local water undertaking. A suitable poster can be found here.
     

NB! The application process is in the Estonian language. More detailed materials, instructions and information can be found here, in Estonian, on the EIC’s homepage.

The support measure was developed by the Ministry of the Environment, the grant is given from the EU Cohesion Fund.

Instructions for applying

1. Complete the application.

2. Submit the application along with attachments.

  • Ask the water undertaking for the conditions of connection, which include the location coordinates of the supply point and information about whether it is possible to join to the public water supply as well as the public sewerage system there.
  • When building a self-treatment plant or storage tank ask the water undertaking or the Local Government about the lack of a possibility to connect to the public water supply and public sewerage system for a term of five years.
  • Submit a power of attorney if the grant is being applied for on the basis of an authorisation.

3. The EIC will make a decision regarding the approval of the application

4. Perform the works after receiving a positive decision (including pipeline construction works inside the house).

5. Submit a request for payment along with attachments.

  • Project closure report;
  • Service contract concluded with the water undertaking;
  • As-built drawing;
  • Upon installation, documents concerning the purchase of the storage tank or self-treatment plant, installation photos, product certificate and a use and occupancy notice.

6. The EIC will make the payment following the acceptance of the works.
 

NB! The application process is in the Estonian language. More detailed materials, instructions and information can be found here, in Estonian, on the EIC’s homepage.