Water Fittings Compliance
With regard to the Water Regulatory requirements, it is illegal to install or use a water fitting which is in contravention of the Water Supply (Water Fittings) Regulations 1999 and the Water Bye-laws 2000, Scotland.
It is not a requirement in law that any water fitting or combination of fittings should be tested for compliance with either the regulations or bye-laws. There does, however, exist a series of Test Criteria by which a water fitting can be shown to conform to an appropriate quality and standard. These criteria are used in voluntary schemes which may be used by water regulators for the approval of water fittings. These Test Criteria are available to view under the Water Regulations Advisory Scheme (WRAS) website.
Water Regulations Inspectors are required to inspect new-build and existing premises to ensure all fittings and materials used are in compliance with the regulations or bye-laws. Because there is no requirement in law to prove water fittings comply with the regulations, voluntary schemes exist whereby two agencies, WRAS and KIWA approve water fittings to the Regulator's criteria. The UK Water Undertakings accept the certificates provided by WRAS and KIWA as proof of product compliance.
We have extensive experience in operating as an agent for the approval of water fittings and materials. We offer advice on any necessary redesign required, any changes of materials, and co-operate with the test laboratories undertaking the test work and with the approval bodies issuing the certificates.