RAH Consultancy has a long history of gaining regulatory approvals for both international and UK approval requirements. Our track record in gaining regulatory approvals stretches back to 1989. We are experts in providing our Clients with the strategy to gain UK Water Regulations and Building Regulations approvals.
With regard to the Water Regulatory requirements, it is illegal to install or use a water fitting which is in contravention of the Water Supply (Water Fittings) Regulations 1999 and the Water Bye-laws 2000, Scotland.
It is not a requirement in law that any water fitting or combination of fittings should be tested for compliance with either the regulations or bye-laws. There does, however, exist a series of Test Criteria by which a water fitting can be shown to conform to an appropriate quality and standard. These criteria are used in voluntary schemes which may be used by water regulators for the approval of water fittings. These Test Criteria are available to view under the Water Regulations Advisory Scheme (WRAS) website.
Water Regulations Inspectors are required to inspect new-build and existing premises to ensure all fittings and materials used are in compliance with the regulations or bye-laws. Because there is no requirement in law to prove water fittings comply with the regulations, voluntary schemes exist whereby two agencies, WRAS and KIWA approve water fittings to the Regulator's criteria. The UK Water Undertakings accept the certificates provided by WRAS and KIWA as proof of product compliance.
We have extensive experience in operating as an agent for the approval of water fittings and materials. We offer advice on any necessary redesign required, any changes of materials, and co-operate with the test laboratories undertaking the test work and with the approval bodies issuing the certificates.
With effect from the 1 July 1999 the Government issued the Water Supply (Water Fittings) Regulations 1999, and revoked the Water Supplier's Byelaws for England and Wales. Technically similar requirements were introduced for Scotland from 4 April 2000, known as the Water Byelaws 2000 (Scotland). These have since been updated to the 2004 Byelaws and as of 12 July 2014 they became the Water Supply (Water Fittings) (Scotland) Byelaws 2014. In Northern Ireland, the Water Supply (Water Fittings) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2009.
England, Scotland and Wales have had a long history of protecting their domestic and commercial properties from waste, misuse, undue consumption and contamination of water supply. In 1999 the regulations became national legislation and made the them accountable to each respective Parliament.
There is a legal duty upon the owners and occupiers of premises and the installers of plumbing systems which have public water supply connections, to comply with these regulations. Successful prosecution will result in a criminal record.
Regulation 5 which refers to notification of intended work, requires that anyone who proposes to install new water systems (or, in non-domestic premises, to alter or extend systems) must give notice of the planned work to their water supplier, and shall not begin that work without their consent, (which shall not be withheld unreasonably). Contractors who fail to give notice and start their work can expect to be taken to court and fined.
RAH Consultancy has extensive experience in designing and running customised courses for Legislators, Manufacturers, Architects, Designers, and Users of Water Systems. This requires close co-operation between RAH our clients to ensure that the course is tailored exactly to their needs. The resultant syllabus is fully documented and approved by all parties prior to the commencement of the course. We will always endeavour to maintain a flexible approach in planning and running each course to minimise any disruption of our client's business.
The water regulatory aspects of Building Regulation are essentially contained within Approved Document G of The Building Regulations 2000. The primary sections relate to the water efficiency performance requirements of part G2 and the requirements for the design and installation of the directly or indirectly heated hot water storage systems of part G3.