The first step with any prospective self-lay project is confirmation that the SLP / contractor has the appropriate level of competence to carry out the work.
The Water Industry Registration Scheme (WIRS) has been put in place by the water industry to effectively assess and monitor the performance of all SLPs and contractors, hence accreditation under this scheme is now the accepted method of assessment.
This scheme is operated by Lloyds Register EMEA. To see a full list of accredited SLPs and contractors, or apply for accreditation yourself, please visit the Lloyds Register website.
The relevant sections of the CDM Regulations (2015) apply to all design works carried out by or on behalf of the Water Company – both the Water Company’s representative (Approving Design Engineer) and the SLP’s representative (SLP Designer) are Designers under CDM Regulations when the design of Self-Lay Works is being generated and accepted for adoption.
Codes for adoption
From January 2021 Ofwat are introducing a standard practice across the water industry in England for water companies to follow when adopting self-laid mains.
More details on the new standard practice, also known as the water code for adoption can be found on Water UK’s website.
Design and Construction Specification
In readiness for the implementation of the new codes for adoption launching in January 2021, our Design and Construction Specification (DCS) is ready for viewing. The DCS will assist practitioners with the planning, design, construction and commissioning of a Self-Laid Main and Service Pipes to supply domestic and industrial/commercial properties.
We are looking for feedback on the Annual Contestable Summary, section 9.3 on pages 12 & 13 of the Design and Construction Specification.
Please provide your feedback by completing our form by 31 December 2020. Our local practices will be published soon, we’ll let you know when they are ready for consultation.
For more information about self-lay, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are working with Water UK and all other companies to determine appropriate and consistent redress arrangements across the sector – this will be included within the Code for Adoption. (You can read more about this on page 6, section b).
We will update our website on completion of this work. If you have any questions, please contact us at email@example.com