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Following an internal review and feedback from industry stakeholders, the Water Regulations Advisory Scheme (WRAS) has separated its subscriptions and approvals activities into two separate businesses – Water Regs UK and the Water Regulations Approval Scheme (WRAS).
The move is designed to provide more clarity of the services provided by the water body which was set up by the UK’s water supply companies in 2009.
Water Regs UK will focus on promoting compliance with the Water Fitting Regulations and Byelaws across the UK to protect customers and will also be responsible for running the Water Industry Approved Plumber Scheme (WIAPS) on behalf of 14 water suppliers in England and Wales.
The new business is primarily funded by water company subscribers and facilitates water company collaboration and the sharing of industry learning, experience, and good practice. It also acts as a hub to communicate information about the water regulations.
The new Water Regulations Approval Scheme business is funded by manufacturers and applicants and it has a specific responsibility for approving plumbing products and materials. Responsibilities include maintaining a directory of more than 9000 products and 3000 materials.
Julie Spinks, MD of the Water Regs UK, says: “The launch of the new dedicated Water Regs UK business means we can further improve the support we provide to subscribers. It’s an opportunity to increase our profile among stakeholders and consumers, which will further build awareness and understanding of the water regulations and why they should be followed.”
Ian Hughes, approvals manager for the Water Regulations Approval Scheme, adds: “Our vision is to be the most trusted independent UK certification body for plumbing products and materials, helping business and consumers choose compliant products that keep water safe. The launch of approvals as a dedicated business allows us to focus exclusively on that goal and offer one route to demonstrate compliance with the regulations.”