The Standard Details and Codes of Practice outline Irish Water’s requirements and provide technical guidance for developers in the provision of water and/or wastewater infrastructure that is to be installed in developments and that will be connected to the water and/or wastewater networks.
There are two sets of Standard Details available for developers below – one for water infrastructure and the other for wastewater infrastructure. Each set of Standard Details is accompanied by a Design Risk Assessment (DRA), which outlines the health and safety responsibilities of developers and their designers/contractors in the provision of water and/or wastewater infrastructure.
There are also two Codes of Practice available, one for water infrastructure and the other for wastewater infrastructure. Each Code of Practice is accompanied by a Design Risk Assessment (DRA), which outlines the health and safety responsibilities of developers and their designers/contractors in the provision of water and/or wastewater infrastructure.
The use of Standard Details is mandatory in all Irish Water Connection Agreement Offers issued after 6 June 2016. The Codes of Practice will be mandatory in all Connection Agreements issued from 30th April 2017.
Developers may apply for an exemption on the use of the Standard Details for a minimum period in situations where significant design rework would be required or where infrastructure installation is already underway.
Developers are required to apply for exemption approval using the Standard Details exemption application form below.
Where significant impact on the public water and /or wastewater infrastructure is considered likely as a result of a particular new or modified connection, applicants may be required to enter into a Project Works Services Agreement with Irish Water. A Project Works Services Agreement will require the applicant to pay the financial costs relating to the necessary engineering assessments prior to entering into a formal Connection Agreement.
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