Water regulations

In order to protect your water supply from contamination, it is important that your fixtures and fittings are correctly installed and in a good state of repair.

The Water Supply (Water Fittings) Regulations (1999) set out national requirements for the design, materials, installation and maintenance of plumbing systems, water fittings and water-using appliances. As a business, it is your legal duty to ensure your systems satisfy these requirements.

The purpose of these regulations is to protect your drinking water supply from contamination, and prevent inefficient use of water or incorrect measurement of it. The regulations apply in England and Wales to all plumbing systems, water fittings and equipment supplied, or to be supplied, with water from the public water supply.

What do you need to do?

If you have had a Water Regulations inspection, then you will be provided with a report detailing actions that you need to take, as well as any timescales for which the work needs to be completed.

You have a legal obligation to ensure that this work is carried out. If you fail to comply with the requirements of the inspection report then you could find yourself liable for legal action, fines and charges.

How can we help?

We can assist customers with sourcing the relevant contractors to carry out works that meet the requirements on your behalf, as well as answering individual queries from customers, designers, builders and installers about the interpretation of the regulations.

WRAS (Water Regulations Advisory Scheme) can also provide interpretation advice. We can provide copies of the regulations upon request.

Please contact us for support if you've had a water regulations inspection or you've got any questions about protecting your water supply.