Irish Water Updates Criterion for the Self Lay Public Road Programme

Mar 09, 2022

Irish Water has recently updated the criteria for inclusion in the Self Lay public road programme. This is good news for consultants and projects, as there now will be a mechanism for developers and others to undertake the connections to the public networks for wastewater and water supply under the Self Lay agreements process.

Irish Water is open to considering a developer’s use of an appropriate experienced contractor to undertake the required work in the public road, and the use of contractors that have proven experience in the provision of water services infrastructure within development sites in accordance with Irish Water's technical requirements.

Full details on the Self Lay in the Public Road Programme are available on the Irish Water website Here. The website gives full details on how developers can contact Irish Water to request their project be considered for approval in the Self Lay Programme. Overall, the change in criteria will increase the scope of the programme and will further facilitate developers in providing water services infrastructure for new developments.

Submissions for inclusion will now be considered under the following circumstances.

  • The developer must have a valid Connection Application for the development with Irish Water currently or be in receipt of a valid Connection Offer for the development
  • Minimum of 20m of mains extension required in public road,
  • Minimum of 25 new units will be serviced by the self lay works.
  • Significant synergies exist with other work to be undertaken in the public road.(e.g. other utility works or road upgrade works).
  • Irish Water will consider the inclusion of new public side pumping stations in this programme on a case by case basis.

It is unlikely that applications for inclusion in the programme will be successful in the following circumstances.

  • The developer cannot acquire the necessary statutory obligations associated for the works to be delivered e.g. planning permissions, road opening requirements.
  • Upgrades are required to existing Irish Water “Treatment Infrastructure” such as treatment plants, pumping stations, reservoirs, abstraction works as defined by the Connection Charging Policy.
  • Undertaking the required works would have an impact on existing customers.
  • Other developments are dependent on the delivery of the required water services infrastructure.
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