They have to carry out an investigation to check the location and level of the connection point to the existing Irish water system, and everything that happens in the construction must be recorded accurately (i.e. record where the drainage actually is, not like in the projects). This information must be recorded in the QS folder and in the final documents. As part of your connection agreement, once you have put all the pipes in the ground, you need to test all drainage pipes, fittings and pump marshes. Requirements may vary depending on whether it is a channel, service or other type of system. While these are all listed in Appendix 3 of Irish Water`s Field Inspection Requirements Manual for Quality Assurance (QA), we found that this is a very problematic area for many developers. Developers are familiar with local authorities, which they need for sewer connections and, ultimately, for taking over a sewer or pumping station. Irish Water`s new Self Lay Agreement is a much more difficult process than before. In the past, it was enough to file a building permit, a connection to the canal, and then a CCTV investigation before handing it over to the local authority.
Now it`s about much more. Our experience is that many project owners, contractors and developers are struggling in certain key areas, especially during print tests. Keep reading if you want to avoid experiencing these problems yourself. Irish Water distinguishes between the design phase and the construction phase. Only after accepting your initial design will you receive a “connection offer” from Irish Water. As soon as you accept it (connection agreement), you will continue to be checked during all aspects of the construction and testing phase. Once the agreement is accepted, all constructions, tests and documentation must comply with the quality assurance approach described in their manual (as well as in all statutes and regulations). Before you even start planning, you need to submit a “pre-connection inquiry form” so that Irish Water can tell you if a connection is possible. You must receive a “feasibility confirmation” before you can submit your project. This design must comply with the new standards and code of conduct for you to obtain “Design Acceptance”.
Only once you have received acceptance of the design can you submit a “connection request”. And this, in turn, must be done before a “connection agreement” is offered to you. The follow-up agreement establishes strict construction and testing requirements, in line with SAQ guidelines and which must be carefully recorded to comply with Irish Water`s inspection and testing plan. . . .