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Any mains and services laid which are due to be adopted by the Water Authority must be laid by an accredited Self Lay Provider, that’s where we come in.
Self-Lay Services offer turn-key turn around, from making the initial application to the Water Company to laying and commissioning the new main, making the final service connections.

Why use Self-Lay Services?

Self-Lay Services is accredited to the Water Industry Regulation Scheme, administered by Lloyd’s Register on behalf of the water industry in England and Wales.
This means we:

  • have demonstrated we can carry out the water connection work to the same technical, quality and safety standards.
  • give you the same end result as if the water authority completed the whole job, as they adopt the new mains and/or connections afterwards.
  • are subject to regular reviews and site visits by Lloyd’s Register to check the ongoing quality of their work.

The Process

Advanced Enquiry Stage

Either we or the developer contact the water company to confirm the feasibility of supplying the proposed development and provides the information necessary for the water company to do a technical evaluation. The water company confirms its ability to supply and specifies the point of connection and validity period of the information.


Application stage

We or the developer make a full application by submitting all the required information, together with a completed application form to the water company.


Design Stage

We or the developer either submit the design of the water network to the water company for vetting or requests that the water company designs the water network. The water company send details of the non-contestable charges, security and legal agreement to the developer and Self-Lay Services.


Self-Lay Notification

Following the pre-start meeting, return of signed legal agreement and payment of relevant charges, Self-Lay Services submits the notification to start the lay mains to the water company.


Mains-laying installation

We will construct the new water mains, notifying the water company of any changes and of intended testing and disinfection dates. The water company will then audit and inspect the construction and may witness testing of the new main.


Mains-laying completion

We will complete mains laying to the required specification and rectify any defects identified during the inspection and audit. We’ll also provides the water company with the ‘as laid’ drawings and test certificate. The maintenance period then starts from the date of commissioning.


Service Connection Notification

Next we submit notification to lay services in accordance with the water company’s self-lay arrangements. The notification is only issued after Self-Lay Services confirms that the private pipework has been checked or self-certified as meeting the Water Supply (Water Fittings) Regulations i.e., WIAPS, Taps5, etc.


Service Connection Installation

We’ll make the service connections in accordance with the previously issued notification, and fit either water meters ourselves or request that the water company does so. Fill details will be provided for each connection, including the postal address, and meter details (if fitted) to the water company.


Application stage

The final step is over to the developer to make sure that all installed apparatus is protected against damage until the development is completed and roads or footpaths are fully constructed.


Want to work with us?

If you’d like to know more about the process and enquire about working with us, click the button below to take you to our contact page to pick your preferred form, whether you’d rather call and chat directly, drop us an email or fill out the form, we’ll get things rolling as quickly as we can.


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