Irish Water launches new Experience Based Accreditation Scheme

Irish Water has launched a new Experience Based Accreditation Scheme that will be available for experienced contractors in County Roscommon. The scheme will accredit contractors to deliver new water services infrastructure in public roads for housing developers.

It follows the successful rollout of Irish Water’s self lay in the public road programme, whereby developers can deliver water and wastewater infrastructure in the public roads to service new housing developments.

The new scheme is aimed at recognising contractors’ adherence to Irish Water’s codes of practice and quality assurance procedures.

Welcoming the self-lay programme and the new accreditation scheme, Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage Darragh O’Brien said: “This latest initiative from Irish Water is another fantastic step forward in ensuring housing developments are completed efficiently across the country. I’m delighted to see such support for my Department’s Housing For All strategy, and to see Experienced Contractors across Ireland support the efficient delivery of homes. Irish Water listened to industry calls and responded quickly.

Yvonne Harris, Irish Water’s Housing Programme Director, said: “We are committed to supporting the Government’s drive in developing more homes across the country and ensuring these homes can be completed efficiently. We’ve launched our new Experienced Based Accreditation Scheme following calls from industry where, following a series of webinars with industry members, many highlighted the need for self-lay of water services infrastructure in public roads for new housing developments.

“We have ensured our Experience Based Accreditation Scheme is easy and hassle-free to register for, and we’ve already seen strong interest from applicants. It ensures safe and reliable water services will continue to be provided to new home buyers and existing residents, now and into the future”.

Commenting on the scheme, James Benson, Director of Housing, Planning & Development with CIF, added: “CIF welcomes this excellent initiative by Irish Water which will facilitate us to deliver housing in a timely and efficient manner. Our members are committed to meeting the highest standards in the construction of housing and associated infrastructure”.

Shane Carty of Carty Contractors, a contractor who participated in the pilot self lay programme, said: “We welcome the proposal by Irish Water to establish an accreditation scheme that will recognise the positive engagement by Contractors with Irish Water’s requirements since 2014”.