Water Services (Amendment) Bill 2011

Water Services (Amendment) Bill 2011

02 August 2012 at 00:00
Engineers Ireland has welcomed the amended legislation which specifies that officially appointed inspectors of domestic waste water treatment systems will have to hold prescribed professional or technical qualifications and have completed a special training course as well as hold appropriate indemnity insurance. This is likely to lead to a high standard inspection regime which the general public can have confidence in according to the body.
 
John Power, Director General of Engineers Ireland, said: “Given that inspectors will be assessing whether or not a system constitutes, or is likely to constitute, a risk to human health or the environment, it is essential that only registered, accredited professionals with verified expert knowledge, skills and competences are appointed to any panel of inspectors.  Furthermore, where systems are found to constitute, or to be likely to constitute, a risk to human health or the environment, it is essential that the recommended remedy is proposed only by a fully informed, registered professional who can consider the most appropriate ‘fit for purpose’ solution, using problem-solving and specialist design skills, with the end solution being fully covered by professional indemnity insurance.
 
In light of these factors, Engineers Ireland recommends the internationally-recognised registered professional title of Chartered Engineer as the preferred standard for the appointment of any inspector, in order to ensure standards of quality, safety, ethics and professionalism, to best protect members of the public.”