Open Consultation

Consultation on the Water Industry’s proposed revised guidance on the Backflow prevention guidance: Coastal and Inland Waterways

This consultation began on Friday 5 October 2018 and will finish at the close of business on Friday 16 November 2018.

Introduction

Owners and operators of ports and marinas have a legal duty to comply with the Water Supply (Water Fittings) Regulations 1999 in England & Wales, the Water Supply (Water Fittings) (Scotland) Byelaws 2014 in Scotland and the Water Supply (Water Fittings) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2009 in Northern Ireland. Preventing backflow and ensuring water supplies are properly protected from the hazards of contamination is a key public health protection requirement of these regulations and byelaws.

WRAS information and guidance notes relating to ports, harbours and marinas, IGN 9-06-01 and IGN 9-06-02, were first published in 2006 to assist those responsible for compliance to meet their legal obligations under these regulations/byelaws.

The WRAS Technical Committee, in consultation with UK water undertakers, has undertaken a review of the current versions of these guidance documents. Part of this process involving a review of contraventions and actual recorded contamination events at these locations, thereby enabling the identification of the most likely contamination risks and suitable methods of providing backflow protection to address these.

This consultation provides stakeholders and interested parties the opportunity to review and comment on the proposed revised guidance Backflow prevention guidance: Coastal and Inland waterways which is intended to replace both IGN 9-06-01 and IGN 9-06-02.

This consultation process is being carried out in line with best practice as defined in the Regulators’ Compliance Code.

Your views

This consultation is seeking your views on the content of the proposed revisions to these IGNs.

In particular, does this guidance clearly reflect the requirements of the Water Supply (Water Fittings) Regulations and the Water Supply (Water Fittings) Byelaws in respect of on-going compliance at coastal and inland waterways?

Does this guidance make clear the requirements and responsibilities for owners and operators working within coastal and inland waterways as well as those associated customers and businesses in order to comply with statutory obligations?

Please note that this consultation is not seeking views on whether the legislative requirements set out in above regulations and byelaws (to which this guidance relates) are correct or should be changed.

How to respond

You are welcome to comment on any aspect of the proposed revisions.

View the draft Installation Guidance Note document (click to open or download)

Use the Consultation Reply Form  to register comments (click to download a copy of the Reply Form)

You can:

  • Respond by email, by completing electronically the consultation reply form and returning it to consultation@wras.co.uk. This is the preferred method.
or
  • Respond on paper – you can do this either by:
    • Printing the consultation reply form; or
    • Making a written response in whatever format you wish.

Post your completed response to:

Backflow prevention guidance for waterways consultation
c/o Ports, Harbours and Marinas Working Group Chairman
WRAS Ltd
Unit 13 Willow Road
Pen-Y-Fan Industrial Estate
Crumlin
Gwent
NP11 4EG

All responses must be received by close of business on Friday 16 November 2018.

How your responses will be handled

The WRAS Ports, Harbours and Marinas Working Group will give full consideration to the substance of arguments in the responses received and then decide on how best to take the proposals forward based on an interpretation and analysis of those responses. Where possible the Ports, Harbours and Marinas Working Group will acknowledge all responses received.

Summary

One of the main purposes of the proposed guidance on coastal and inland waterways is to assist those responsible for compliance to meet their legal obligations under the above regulations and byelaws. Its aim is to help maintain safe water supplies both within these premises and the public water main.

A review of recorded contamination events at these types of premises was undertaken enabling the identification of the most likely contamination risks. The guidance was updated to reflect suitable methods of providing backflow protection to address these.

You are invited to comment on the revised guidance document. All feedback is welcomed. Comments should be submitted before the close of business Friday 16th November 2018.

Queries and complaints

If you have any queries in this document or the consultation on these proposals, or if you are not satisfied with the way this consultation exercise has been conducted, please write to the Ports, Harbours and Marinas Working Group Chairman care of the above address.

Next steps

Following consultation the WRAS Ports, Harbours and Marinas Working Group will prepare a final draft on its proposed IGN for approval by WRAS membership before publication.