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16.05.2018 10:59 #1
Irish Water, the national water utility, has responsibility for the delivery of water and wastewater services to homes and businesses across the Republic of Ireland, including the provision of water service connections to new developments. Since taking over this responsibility in January 2014, Irish Water has been improving the delivery of services to customers. 

Connections and Developer Services (CDS), a department within Irish Water’s Asset Management function, has responsibility for the provision of water services connections to new developments. CDS is rolling out a transformation project, to better streamline the services that it provides to customers. This transformation project is well underway and comprises the following: 

1. The establishment of a pre-connection enquiry system, which allows developers who are considering the advancement of a development to establish from Irish Water if water services can be provided from its networks to the site. This is a free service and results in the provision of a confirmation of feasibility (COF) indicating what service can be provided by Irish Water at that time. This COF can be submitted with planning applications to show that engagement has taken place with IW. PCE forms are available on the Irish Water website here.

2. The roll out of an Irish Water connections application process, and accompanying guidance. Irish Water is now the single point of contact for customers seeking new water and/or wastewater connection for new developments. Connection applications for new water and/or water service connections can be made directly to Irish Water via the Irish Water website www.water.ie/connections/.

3. The publication of Irish Water technical documents, comprising Standard Details and Codes of Practice. These technical documents outline Irish Water’s requirements for the provision of water and wastewater infrastructure in new developments where this is being provided by the developer by way of a self-lay approach. These technical documents are available on the Irish Water website here.

4. The application of new quality assurance (QA) measures for self-lay infrastructure that is to be adopted and the adoption/vesting of these assets upon connection (water and waste water infrastructure within new housing developments). The quality assurance measures are enabled by a self lay connection agreement. The quality assurance is undertaken by Irish Water engaging with developers and inspecting the water and wastewater infrastructure at an early stage before its connection to the Irish Water networks.

5. The mobilisation of dedicated regional contractors (RCs) to complete the connection of new infrastructure to the Irish Water networks using standardised processes and systems. The regional contractors operate where Local Authorities Water Services staff do not or are not available to provide connection work themselves but require customers to undertake the physical connection works. Currently CDS regional contractors are being mobilised in various Local Authority areas and this process will continue through 2018.

To date, the first three deliverables have been completed and the remaining two deliverables are well underway. 

Connection Charging Policy

Irish Water is working with the Commission for Regulations of Utilities (CRU) in putting in place an enduring national Connection Charging Policy (CCP). It is intended that the CCP will replace the current practice of applying 57 different charging regimes, requiring about 900 variations in calculating connection charges. The CRU held a 10 week public consultation in early 2018 which commenced in early January and concluded on March 23rd. The CRU is currently considering the feedback received from this public consultation and will announce its decision in due course.

Diversions, Alterations and Building Over 

Under Section 45 of the Water Services Act it is an offence to interfere with and/or cause damage to Irish Water’s networks. Approval is required in accordance with Section 98 of the Water Services Act to alter or divert networks. Section 104 of the Water Services Act prohibits building over water services infrastructure without the appropriate approval of Irish Water. Connection and Development Services (CDS) should be contacted if a developer/customer wishes to divert, build over or near our existing water services infrastructure.

Diversions may be required if a water main or sewer in the ownership of Irish Water traverse a development site and its diversion is required to facilitate construction. A diversion application should be made to Irish Water if the relocation of such infrastructure is required. CDS will contact the developer/customer regarding the application and if acceptable offer a diversion agreement. To find out more please visit www.water.ie/connections
20.06.2018 09:54 #2
Hi, We are nearing the end of construction of a new once off house. We have not yet applied for a connection as I was told to hold off until the new charges come in. Has there been any update or indication from the commission as to when these will be finalised?  If I apply in the meantime will I be charged at the current rates? and if the new charges were to be put in place before I got my physical connection would I be charged at the new rate?
Would you recommend I go ahead and apply if I intend to be in the house in the next 2-3 months? What is the typical time from application to connection (we are in Wexford).

Thanks in advance for your help
20.06.2018 11:48 #3
Hu s00bf06e,

Thanks for getting in touch.

We are currently liaising with the relevant department in relation to your query and will contact you as soon as we have an update.

Thank you for your patience,
Allanah
21.06.2018 12:18 #4
Originally posted by Irish Water: Allanah
Hu s00bf06e,

Thanks for getting in touch.

We are currently liaising with the relevant department in relation to your query and will contact you as soon as we have an update.

Thank you for your patience,
Allanah

Hi there,

We have received an update from our Connections Department in relation to your query.

In January, 2018, the Commission for Regulation of Utilities (CRU) launched a 10 week consultation on a national Connection Charging Policy proposed by Irish Water (IW) which is now closed. Full details on the consultation including proposals are on the CRU website. The CRU public consultation closed on the 23rd of March, the feedback is currently being considers post the consultation, it is expected the CRU will make a decision on the policy and changes later in 2018 including any transitional arrangements.

Until the IW proposal has been approved by the CRU, IW charges customers in accordance with the CRU approved Water Charges Plan. Sections 21 and 22 of the Water Services Act (No. 2) 2013 sets out that Irish Water shall charge customers as calculated in accordance with the approved Water Charges Plan. The current Water Charges Plan states (at Section 6) that in relation to new connections, Irish Water charges an amount "equivalent to the water and Wastewater related development levies which the Local Authorities were formerly entitled to charge".

We cannot speculate on what costs the CRU will decide on. Timelines in each local authority area differ depending on the demand for new connections. Therefore if you are hoping to move in to your new property in the next 2-3 months; it would be advisable to apply for your new connection straight away. An application can be made online at www.water.ie.

I hope you find this information helpful. Please let us know if you have any further questions.

Kind regards,
Micheal
15.07.2018 09:14 #5
Looking for information on when I will be offered terms for a water connection in co. Louth. I applied nearly 3 months ago and got an email confirmation, since then nothing.I rang last week for an update and was told it was with the ‘field engineer’. This appears to be a stock answer and tells me nothing.

If you know the location of the water main ( <10metres) and where the meter needs to go, surely this is very straight forward.

Does the ‘field enginer’ have a work schedule and if he does where am I on his list, it is not acceptable that,the customer care pleads ignorance on what stage my application is or when terms for supply will be issued.

Could you also tell me, how it is costed and who does what.? Who installs the pipe to the meter from the main, who applies for the road opening license etc.


Looking forward to your reply
16.07.2018 14:59 #6
Originally posted by Dlkm5
Looking for information on when I will be offered terms for a water connection in co. Louth. I applied nearly 3 months ago and got an email confirmation, since then nothing.I rang last week for an update and was told it was with the ‘field engineer’. This appears to be a stock answer and tells me nothing.

If you know the location of the water main ( <10metres) and where the meter needs to go, surely this is very straight forward.

Does the ‘field enginer’ have a work schedule and if he does where am I on his list, it is not acceptable that,the customer care pleads ignorance on what stage my application is or when terms for supply will be issued.

Could you also tell me, how it is costed and who does what.? Who installs the pipe to the meter from the main, who applies for the road opening license etc.


Looking forward to your reply

Hi there,

We're sorry to read this. 

Please PM us the following details and we will be more than happy to assist

- Name
- Address of proposed connection
- Contact number 
- Application date

Kind regards,
Micheal
16.07.2018 18:29 #7
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16.07.2018 19:34 #8
Hi DLKM5,

Would you mind re-sending these details by private message?

We also recommend you delete your previous post, as this information is unique to you.

Thanks,
Mairead
19.07.2018 07:17 #9
Mairead, I PM you the details which I previously put up. Can you also reply to general questions I asked re schedule and who does what.

Thanks
19.07.2018 09:58 #10
Originally posted by Dlkm5
Mairead, I PM you the details which I previously put up. Can you also reply to general questions I asked re schedule and who does what.

Thanks

Hi there,

Thanks for your message.

We have received your PM and a member of our team will respond to you very shortly.

Kind regards,
Micheal
22.07.2018 13:53 #11
Hi. I have a question about water connection to private house within an estate. That house is on sale and we are interested in it, but nobody was living in that property and its not finished inside, so I don't know was it ever connected to water supply, because an estate agent doesn't tell much and I don't want to employ an engineer yet. Would you be able to help me with this question? I will be able to give you property's address if you PM me back, please. Thank you very much.
23.07.2018 10:45 #12
Hi dinamit,

Thanks for your query.

Originally posted by dinamit875
Hi. I have a question about water connection to private house within an estate. That house is on sale and we are interested in it, but nobody was living in that property and its not finished inside, so I don't know was it ever connected to water supply, because an estate agent doesn't tell much and I don't want to employ an engineer yet. Would you be able to help me with this question? I will be able to give you property's address if you PM me back, please. Thank you very much.


As you are third party and have no affiliation with the property yet, we would not be able to say if there is a connection supply at the address in question, due to data protection reasons.

We would recommend that you contact the developer or the seller or alternatively, if you fill in a pre-enquiry form on our website here, you can check for feasibility.

We hope this helps, please feel free to get in touch again with any future queries.

Thanks,
Allanah
27.07.2018 18:14 #13
Hi,

Nobody has contacted me re my connection query. I sent a PM over a week ago but am still waiting for somebody to contact me. It’s 3 months now since I applied for a connection and have got nowhere. Surely somebody in there can answer my general queries as well. Not a great service.
01.08.2018 13:30 #14
Hi my property is currently running off a shared connection which is lead piping underneath all the properties in the terrace. The house is in Dublin and was built around 1900. My neighbor says a few years ago IW upgraded the ring main to the rear of the terraces and supplied connections to the next row of terraces in our street but didn't supply connections to our row of terraces. I'm currently getting some building work done to the back of my property and would like to take the opportunity of connecting to the ring main (and have lead free water) which is about 3m form my rear boundary wall, what is the feasibility of this work being carried out as I would like to place th pipework in the ground to connect to the IW ring main when possible.
01.08.2018 14:33 #15
Hi Simbima,

Thanks for getting in touch.

You can find out more on how to apply for a New Connection here.

Kind regards,
Amy
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