These regulations are designed to protect consumers and the environment from poor water quality, unnecessary waste, misuse, and the contamination of wholesome water supplies.
The 'Water Supply (Water Fittings) Regulations 1999' supersede local water byelaws in England and Wales.
All water systems must comply with these regulations and can be subject to inspection. "These Regulations apply to any water fitting installed or used, or to be installed or used, in premises to which water is or is to be supplied by a water undertaker"
A full list of criteria is detailed within the regulations, but it should be noted that most work in domestic properties could be installed without the need for notification. However, domestic plumbing systems can be subject to inspection and enforcement.
In certain circumstances customers are required to notify their local water company before commencing any plumbing work. C2.1, C2.2 any person who proposes to install a water fitting in connection with any of the operations listed in the regulations
See full list of amendmentshere
"These Regulations do not apply to a water fitting installed or used, or to be installed or used, in connection with water supplied for purposes other than domestic or food production purposes, provided that–
(a) the water is metered;
(b) the supply of the water is for a period not exceeding one month, or, with the written consent of the water undertaker, three months; and
(c) no water can return through the meter to any pipe vested in a water undertaker.
Except for the purposes of paragraph 14 of Schedule 2 (prevention of cross connection to unwholesome water), these Regulations do not apply to water fittings which are not connected or to be connected to water supplied by a water undertaker."
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