Posted 28th March

Certain plumbing fittings being ‘unlawfully installed’ in homes

28th March 2019 - 15:26pm
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A new survey by the Water Regulations Advisory Scheme – WRAS – has found that nearly two thirds of homeowners are unaware that they must inform their water company when installing specific water fittings in their home, including large baths and some types of bidets.

According to WRAS, UK water regulations and byelaws require the designer, installer, owner or occupier to obtain their local water supplier’s consent before installing certain fittings, to safeguard UK drinking water.

More than 60% of homeowners said they didn’t know that they had to inform their water company when installing a large bath – one that holds more than 230 litres – while 60% were also unaware that they are legally required to tell their water company when installing a bidet that has an ascending spray or flexible hose.

WRAS said that if these are installed incorrectly, they risk contaminating the household’s drinking water. Other types of plumbing work that must be reported to a local water company before installation include rainwater harvesting or water reuse systems, swimming pools, pumps that deliver more than 12 litres of water per minute and reduced pressure zone valves.

“If you’re planning any type of new plumbing installation, it’s well worth taking a few minutes to seek professional advice from your local water supplier, or a WaterSafe-approved plumber who is familiar with the regulations,” said WRAS managing director Julie Spinks.

“Getting permission is quick and free, but failure to notify your local water supplier could result in extra cost to put poor plumbing right, or worse, contamination of water supplies and a court prosecution. Following these regulations ensures that everyone continues to enjoy high-quality, safe drinking water.”

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