Private infrastructure

Developers are responsible for the provision of all private infrastructure and related accessories associated with the connection for your development. In the case of water supply, this will generally comprise the distribution system within your development boundary, which facilitates the connections of units for the purpose of supplying water from the network. In the case of wastewater, this will generally comprise the drains within your development boundary which facilitates the connection of units for the purpose of wastewater collection to the network.

Service connection infrastructure

This is the infrastructure required to connect your development to the public water main or sewer, typically on the near or far side of a public road, to tie in with the network infrastructure. The infrastructure will be provided by Irish Water. The service connection infrastructure will comprise the assets that connect the local infrastructure within your development from its boundary directly to the water main or sewer.

Local infrastructure 

This is the infrastructure that is installed within the boundary of your development to facilitate water supply and/or wastewater collection from your development. The local infrastructure will typically be paid for by you (this is known as ‘Self Lay’). In some cases you may request Irish Water to lay all of the local infrastructure (‘Irish Water Installation’), If we agree to carry out such works then all of the costs associated with the local infrastructure installation will be charged to you, in addition to the standard connection charge.

For a water connection, local infrastructure will generally consist of all pipes, related fittings, pumping equipment and boundary boxes within your development. Meters will be provided and installed by Irish Water. For a wastewater connection, local infrastructure will generally consist of all pipes, related fittings, pumping equipment within your development.

Network infrastructure

This is the infrastructure required to provide potable water and collect wastewater. For a water connection, this will generally consist of assets such as water supply, trunk and distribution mains and their related accessories. 
For a wastewater connection, this will generally consist of assets such as wastewater and collections sewers, sewage rising mains, outfall pipelines and their related accessories.
Irish Water will complete all works required to the public network infrastructure on public land. 

Treatment infrastructure

This is the infrastructure provided for the production of potable water and the treatment of wastewater.  For a water connection, treatment infrastructure includes, but is not limited to assets such as raw water abstraction works, water treatment plants, water pumping stations, potable storage reservoirs and their related accessories. 

For a wastewater connection, treatment infrastructure includes, but is not limited to assets such as wastewater treatment plants, sludge treatment infrastructure, wastewater pumping stations and their related accessories.

The Graphic shown below provides details of the water and wastewater infrastructure owned by Irish Water and the infrastructure which remain private in the future.

Pipe Responsibility Maintenance Policy

For additional information relating to Irish Water’s policy on the maintenance and renewal of water supply and wastewater pipes, please view our Pipe Responsibility Maintenance Policy.

View Pipe Responsibility Maintenance Policy

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