Plumbing Regulations

Staying On The Right Side Of Plumbing Regulations

Many people each year attempt some DIY plumbing but how many people are really aware of the regulations and how they affect us?

Here in the UK, our businesses and homes have long been protected by various Plumbing regulations. These regulations have been, and are, in place in to protect the public water supply, safeguarded by Water Supply Bylaws and upheld by each localities water company.

The UK Water Supply Regulations, since 1999, have been performing various functions, most importantly to prevent the contamination of the countries drinking water. Other less important functions are to prevent the inefficient use of water. Inefficient use in this case usually includes the undue consumption, misuse, waste, or incorrect measurement of water.

Whenever plumbing systems are installed or maintained, the regulations govern the procedures and even the requirements of the design of the system. This show whatever the plumbing work necessary, a knowledge of plumbing regulations is essential.

National guidance is provided to homeowners, businesses and water companies by The Water Regulations Advisory Service (WRAS). Within each water supply areas, the local Water Companies are responsible for the enforcement of the regulations.

Before any home plumbing work is carried out, the homeowner should be aware of the various plumbing regulations before they before they begin. This will include not only the water bye-lawsb but also building regulations and even electrical wiring regulations.

Water Bylaws
In the UK, water bylaws control the work on our plumbing installations and it pays to know what they are. These can cover various types of installation and are an important part of plumbing regulations.

You can find out a full and current list of the bylaws by contacting your local watering board.

Building Regulations & I.E.E. Wiring Regulations
Any household plumbing work but also adhere to both the building regulations and the I.E.E (Institute of Electrical Engineers) Wiring Regulations.

You may wonder why wiring regulations would make up part of plumbing regulations however all metal plumbing needs to be earth bonded to be safe. In practice, this is all too easy to overlook. For example maybe you have a leaky section of metal pipe, and you decide to replace it with a length of plastic pipe, which can be both cheaper and easier. However, this means metal pipework that was continuously earthed previously is now only partially earthed.

This is just one example of how a knowledge of plumbing regulations can help out, even with relatively minor DIY jobs. The electrical regulations will need to be understood and applied whenever any electrical appliance is plumbing in, these could include shower units or waste disposal units, and more.

The important thing to remember is if you are unsure, ask a professional before attempting any work yourself.