The first private individuals complete public water supply and sewerage works with the support of EIC

18. September 2018 | 15:07

The Environmental Investments Centre (EIC) made the first twelve payments comprising a total sum of EUR 34,088 to private individuals who completed works on their immovable in order to join the public water and sewerage system. The works were finalised in Kadrina, Tapa, Räpina, Kohila, Suurupi, Vääna-Jõesuu, Rannamõisa and Kose rural municipality. Two projects were completed in the cities of Valga and Elva

 “The twelve fastest applicants already have clean drinking water and sewerage systems in their houses with the help of the support measure opened up at the beginning of the summer, and they have also received their support amount. In addition, nearly half a thousand applicants have been given the green light to perform works. There is still enough grant money, so I invite everyone to use this opportunity for the sake of a cleaner environment,” Siim Kiisler, Chairman of the Environmental Investment Centre’s Supervisory Board of the EIC and Minister of the Environment, said.

As at 13 September, the EIC has received 698 applications of private individuals comprising a total amount of EUR 1,754,581 for connecting to the public water and sewage system or for the installation of waste water holding tanks. Out of these, 482 have been given a funding decision, with the total amount being EUR 1,394,829. Construction works can be started once the decision has been received, and after the completion of works, a payment order shall be submitted to the EIC. 

 “It is a pleasure that we have received applications all over Estonia,” says Veiko Kaufmann, CEO of the EIC, continuing to say that since the budget of the application round is EUR 10 million, they expect more people, whose households are in a waste water collection area with a pollution load exceeding 2,000 consumers, to submit applications to the EIC. “We want as many people as possible to be aware of the support.” 

Most of the applications were received from Harju County (228), Lääne-Viru County (86), Ida-Viru County (72) and Hiiumaa (52). Applications were also sent from Valga County (40), Tartu County (39), Võru County (37), Pärnu County (27), Rapla County (19), Põlva County (17), Jõgeva County (17), Järva County (11), Lääne County (10), Viljandi County (7) and Saaremaa (6).

It is possible to check with the search engine on the website of EIC as to whether the place of residence is in the respective waste water collection area and whether it is possible to apply for the support. Only one application may be submitted for one registered immovable. Average amounts of the grant remain between EUR 2,000 and 2,500. Upon payment of the grant, the EIC shall withhold income tax on the payable grant in accordance with the Income Tax Act. The EIC processes the applications within 50 calendar days as of their submission and after receiving the funding decision,  six months are provided to perform the works. 

The applications are to be submitted 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). There is also a video guide on the EIC’s website, which helps in filling out the e-application environment. 

The grant is provided from the measure “Development of water management infrastructure” for the structural support period 2014-2020 and from the EU Cohesion Fund. The measure was developed by the Ministry of the Environment.