Connect your house to clean drinking water and sewerage in time for your summer holiday!

05. April 2019 | 11:33

The Environmental Investment Centre (EIC) is expecting individuals, whose household is located in a waste water collection area with over 2000 consumers, to apply for a grant for connecting to the public water supply and sewerage system or for the installation of a waste water holding tank.

‘If you file your application now, construction works can start at the beginning of June, at the latest. Following the receipt of a positive decision, the necessary works must be completed within a period of six months’ explains Kai Eisenberg, Head of the Water Management Area at EIC. ‘So now is the best time to apply, in order to get clean drinking water and sewerage into your house during the summer period. As of today, 590 individuals have received their grant and finished construction works, with an additional 460 having received a positive decision to begin works. Out of the EUR 10 million budget for the application round, EUR 3 million has already been covered with positive funding decisions over a period of more than six months,’ says Eisenberg.

The application round for connecting private persons to the public water supply and sewerage system provides support for connecting households which are located in waste water collection areas with over 2000 consumers to the public water supply and sewerage system, and for the establishment or reconstruction of a residential building’s holding tank. The grant is allocated for holding tanks in areas in which there is no common sewerage system and where it is known that one will not be established within the next five years. Connecting to the public water supply and/or sewerage system will be supported in the event that the possibility to do so exists, but for some reason no connection has been made.

Whether the household is located in a waste water collection area with over 2000 consumers can be checked using EIC’s homepage search engine. The most applications have been filed from waste water collection areas in Tallinn and its surroundings (204), Kärdla (95), Vääna-Jõesuu (86), Rakvere (83), Narva-Jõesuu (75), Kilingi-Nõmme (51), Elva (50), Tõrva (46), Võru (42) and Tapa (42).

The application process takes place via the E-support environment or via a form available on the EIC’s homepage, which can be sent to the EIC by e-mail (info [at] or by post (Narva mnt 7a, 10117, Tallinn). The grant amounts fall, depending on the supported works, in the range of EUR 1382 to EUR 3792. Only one application may be submitted per registered immovable. Grant applications will be accepted until the budget is exhausted or until 31 December 2020.

More information about the application round can be found from EIC’s homepage or from the Project Coordinator Kadri Haamer (kadri.haamer [at], 627-4183).

The grant is provided from the measure ‘Development of Water Management Infrastructure’ for the structural support period 2014-2020 and funds from the EU Cohesion Fund. The measure was developed by the Ministry of the Environment.