Irish Water is committed to providing a website that is accessible to the widest possible audience which includes digital functionality and the information we provide. We actively work to increase the accessibility and usability of our website in line with best practice methods.
Accessibility design and maintenance
The Irish Water website has been independently audited for accessibility and tested using a range of screen readers. It has been designed with a high level of colour contrast to ensure all content and controls are clear and legible, and to be keyboard accessible, compatible with switch technology, responsive, and to work efficiently on a range of mobile devices. All pages validate as XHTML 1.0 Strict. The design of this website will respond to the width of every screen and text size, allowing the user to increase or decrease the font size as required.
We are committed to maintaining a “Level AA” conformance to the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 and to comply with the National Disability Authority’s Code of Practice on Accessibility of Public Services and Information Provided by Public Bodies.
Irish Water uses Siteimprove, a site governance and maintenance platform, to ensure new and existing pages comply with best practices and accessibility guidelines as defined by the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0. Siteimprove offers regularly scheduled, automated checks as well as on-demand checks against WCAG 2.0 Level A and Level AA criteria. Issues such as broke links and spelling errors are quickly highighted and addressed to ensure optimal user experience.
The Irish Water website is also speech enabled, using a software tool called BrowseAloud which adds speech, reading, and translation (in over eighty languages) to all pages on the website for those who require online reading support.
We welcome all feedback on the accessibility of our website. If you have any queries, please contact our Accessibility Officer via the following:
24-26 Talbot Street
Telephone: 01 892 5920