The Water and Sewerage Services (Electronic Communications) Order (Northern Ireland) 2021 - Screening Form

Date published: 17 June 2021

At present NI Water has to receive and grant consent for various functions such as Article 161 Agreements, Trade Effluent Agreements, and New Connections “in writing.” They would like to be able to accept and grant consent through a digital online portal as well as by the paper option. The intended aims are to allow the public to quickly and easily submit their requests through an online portal, as well as allow NI Water to serve notices and information on persons through electronic means when they specifically consent to receive information in an electronic format.


The intended outcomes are that NI Water will be able to modernise the service it provides. This comes with additional advantages of documents being received much faster due to the saved postage time, as well as money saved on postage costs. Furthermore, an online portal can store all existing records and allow all parties to quickly access all documents pertaining to the work at hand.


  • Existing/Revised/New: Revised
  • Date of Screening: 9 June 2021
  • Screening Outcome – Full EQIA Recommended: No
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