WRAS highlights uncertainty on compliance

Ian Hughes

There is a lack of knowledge around who is legally responsible for ensuring installed plumbing products and appliances are compliant with the Water Fitting Regulations or Scottish Byelaws, according to latest research.

WRAS (Water Regulations Approval Scheme) surveyed 500 UK adults responsible for water systems in non-household premises.

Three quarters of respondents knew that plumbing products that are connected to the public water supply must be tested to demonstrate they are of a suitable quality and standard, but far fewer knew who was responsible for ensuring those standards are met.

A third thought that facilities managers were legally responsible for checking the compliance of plumbing products, while just over one in four thought installers had responsibility.

A quarter thought tenants or occupiers were responsible, the same number as those who thought building owners were responsible.

WRAS Approvals Manager Ian Hughes, pictured, said the real answer was of the groups have a responsibility to ensure complaint products are used.

“Why take a gamble on a product that hasn’t been tested to show compliance? Plumbing products or fittings that do not comply with the water regulations or byelaws may pose a risk to health, as they can contaminate drinking water, or may leak, causing damage to property,” he said. “If they are not compliant, these products cannot be used. If they are used, the subsequent remedial work can delay projects and mean unforeseen costs. In some instances it could even lead to legal action and fines.”