Open consultation

Consultation on water undertakers’ regulation 4(1)(a) guidance documents 

This consultation began on Tuesday 29th September 2020 and will finish at the close of business on Tuesday 10th November 2020. 

Please note: this consultation is being administered by WRAS Subscription Services on behalf of those water undertakers who subscribe to this service. 

Introduction

The Water Supply(Water Fittings) Regulations 1999, the Water Supply (Water Fittings) (Scotland) Byelaws 2014 and the Water Supply (Water Fittings) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2009 impose a legal duty not to install water fittings unless they satisfy the requirements specified in regulation 4. That is to say are of an appropriate quality and standard; suitable for the circumstances in which they are used; and compliant with any applicable requirements specified in schedule 2.

Water undertakers have the statutory duty to enforce the regulations. To facilitate compliance water undertakers have developed guidance which:

  • describes the acceptance principles adopted by water undertakers when enforcing the requirements of regulation 4(1)(a).
  • identifies the information water undertakers may consider as evidence of compliance with those aspects of the regulations relating to the quality and standard of water fittings; that is to say regulation 4(1)(a).

This consultation provides stakeholders and interested parties the opportunity to comment on the proposed guidance documents:

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

Your views

The purpose of this consultation is to seek views on the content of the proposed guidance. In particular:

  1. In respect of compliance with regulation 4(1)(a), does this guidance reflect the requirements of the Water Supply (Water Fittings) Regulations and the Water Supply (Water Fittings) Byelaws?
  2. In order to comply with statutory requirements, does this guidance make clear what is required of the forms of evidence typically submitted to water undertakers as evidence of compliance with regulation 4(1)(a)?

Please note this consultation is not seeking views as to whether the legislative requirements set out in regulation 4 are correct or should be changed.

How to respond 

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

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 either printing the consultation reply form or making a written response in whatever format you wish.

Post your completed response to:
Regulation 4(1)(a) guidance consultation
Chair of the Water Undertakers’ Regulation 4 Group
c/o WRAS Subscriptions Services
Unit 13 Willow Road
Pen-Y-Fan Industrial Estate
Crumlin
Gwent
NP11 4EG

All responses must be received by close of business on Tuesday 10th November 2020.

How your response will be handled

Full consideration will be given to all responses received. Where possible the Water Undertakers’ Regulation 4 Group will acknowledge all responses received.

Summary 

The objective of this proposed guidance is to help protect public health by improving compliance. The purpose guidance is to facilitate compliance with the legal obligations set out in Regulation 4(1)(a) of the Water Supply (Water Fittings) Regulations 1999, the Water Supply (Water Fittings) (Scotland) Byelaws 2014 and the Water Supply (Water Fittings) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2009.

There are two proposed guidance documents: ‘Guidance: Regulation 4(1)(a)compliance’ and ‘Guidance: BS 6920 overview’.

You are invited to comment on these documents. All feedback is welcomed. Comments must be submitted before the close of business Tuesday 10th November 2020.

Queries and complaints 

If you have any queries on these documents, the consultation on the proposals, or if you are not satisfied with the way this consultation exercise has been conducted, please write to the Chair of the Water Undertakers’ Regulation 4 Group care of WRAS Ltd, address given above.

Next steps 

Following this consultation, the Water Undertakers’ Regulation 4 Group will prepare final drafts of its guidance for approval by those water undertakers subscribing to WRAS Ltd before publication.