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.
What is an Approved Plumber?
"‘Approved plumbers" can be authorised by by one of the following Government approved organisations.
- Certain local Water Suppliers,
- The Water Industry Approved Plumbers' Scheme (WIAPS)
- Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering (CIPHE),
- The Association of Plumbing and Heating Contractors (APHC)
- The Scottish and Northern Ireland Plumbing Employers' Federation (SNIPEF).
All these Schemes operate under the WaterSafe Installers' Scheme.
Being an "approved plumber" allows Richard Hurst of RAH Consultancy to monitor the installation of water fittings without seeking notice from the water undertaking. We are however, required to complete the works in accordance with the UK water regulations and to provide particular details of the works, their location etc. after the works have been accomplished.
WaterSafe is an online directory of approved plumbing businesses which incorporates the 7 approved contractor schemes that exist across the UK. As a regulated plumber registered by CIPHE (who operate one of the 7 approved schemes) Richard Hurst is a member of Watersafe. This membership provides further reassurance to our Clients with regards to our company's professional standards and qualifications.