WRAS separates services to create two new businesses

Julie Spinks

The Water Regulations Advisory Scheme (WRAS) has separated its subscriptions and approvals activities into two separate businesses, Water Regs UK and the Water Regulations Approval Scheme (WRAS).

Water Regs UK is focusing on promoting compliance with the Water Fitting Regulations and Byelaws across the UK to protect customers.

The new business is primarily funded by water company subscribers and facilitates water company collaboration and the sharing of industry learning, experience, and good practice. It also acts as a hub to communicate information about the water regulations.

Water Regs UK is also responsible for running the Water Industry Approved Plumber Scheme (WIAPS) on behalf of 14 water suppliers in England and Wales, the organisation explained.

The new Water Regulations Approval Scheme business is funded by manufacturers and applicants and it has a specific responsibility for approving plumbing products and materials. Responsibilities include maintaining a directory of more than 9,000 products and 3,000 materials.

Julie Spinks, managing director of the Water Regs UK, pictured, said: “The launch of the new dedicated Water Regs UK business means we can further improve the support we provide to subscribers. It’s an opportunity to increase our profile among stakeholders and consumers, which will further build awareness and understanding of the water regulations and why they should be followed.”