12 September 2016
The water Regulations Advisory Scheme (WRAS) has highlighted the need to check UK water laws before undertaking plumbing work. UK water companies and WRAS have emphasised the need for consent to be granted from the local water supplier.
UK water laws are in place to ensure work meets Water Supply Regulations, which are in place in order to keep drinking water supplies safe and healthy. This applies to many types of domestic and commercial plumbing and includes the building of new houses or extending business premises. Conventional everyday work like installing some types of bidets or large baths also require prior approval.
Obtaining permission means sending a notice to your local water supplier, including information relating to the proposed work. Approval takes just 10 days and is free of charge. Information regarding the type of work, the location, and the contact details of the organisation carrying out the works, is usually sufficient.
Julie Spinks, managing director of WRAS explained: “The UK enjoys high-quality, safe drinking water and we want to make sure it stays that way.
“Unfortunately, very few people are aware of their legal responsibilities to ensure certain types of plumbing work comply with these important regulations.
“Getting permission is quick and free, but failure to notify your local water supplier could result in extra costs to put poor plumbing right or, worse, contamination of water supplies and a court prosecution.”
The message to homeowners planning plumbing installation work is to take a few minutes to obtain professional advice from your local water supplier, WRAS, or from a WaterSafe approved plumber who is familiar with UK water laws.
Types of plumbing that requires prior notification includes:
Approved plumbers, like Homecure Plumbers in London, are trained to meet regulations for installing pipes and fittings which supply drinking water and can carry out some types of work without prior notification.
For more information on Water Fittings Regulations and UK water laws, visit www.wras.co.uk/notification.
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At Homecure we have been regularly updating our working practices in line with health and safety advice provided by the Government. For customers who are self-isolating and in need of emergency plumbing and heating services we want to assure you that we are doing everything possible to minimise the risk of the spreading the coronavirus while we carry out our tasks.
All members of our team currently working will be following the infection control measures laid out by the World Health Organisation:
When our team members are visiting customer’s properties, they will use alcohol-based hand sanitiser (60% minimum) to clean their hands before and after the job has been completed. They will also have access to personal protective equipment (PPE) that can be used:
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