Water Regulations and approved standards

The Water Supply (Water Fittings) Regulations are designed to protect consumers and the environment from poor water quality, unnecessary waste, misuse, and the contamination of water supplies.

All water systems must comply with these regulations and can be subject to inspection and must be ‘of an appropriate quality and standard’. Problems that may be caused by poor plumbing practices, incorrectly connected pipework or inappropriate fittings and concerns include:

      • Leakage;
      • Leaching of metals (e.g. lead);
      • Increased microbiological activity, including the possible presence of pathogenic organisms;
      • Back-contamination of the water supply or other parts of the system.

It is therefore crucial that you are compliant. WaterSafe, the national hub for approved plumbers administered by the Water Regulations Approval Scheme (WRAS), allows plumbers to issue certificates to confirm that the work complies with the regulations.

This can speed up how quickly work can be done and provides reassurance to customers that a plumber is qualified and trusted to work safely with water. Plus, customers can easily find a registered plumber online via the WaterSafe website.

To be eligible to become a WaterSafe approved plumber, you must:

      • Operate in the UK;
      • Hold a suitable plumbing related NVQ Level 2 qualification;
      • Have a recognised water fittings regulations certificate;
      • Be a member of an Approved Contractor Scheme, such as APHC.

In fact, WaterSafe can be free for suitably qualified plumbers who are members of an Approved Contractor Scheme. This means that APHC members who hold a recognised water fittings regulations certificate can join WaterSafe at no cost.

By taking the above steps, you will be best placed to help customers get the best advice, check that the regulations are adhered to and help ensure the safety of households up and down the country.

If you’d like to discuss the benefits that joining APHC can bring to your business, then please call the membership sales team on 0121 711 5030.