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Water regulations

Water regulations

The Water Supply (Water Fittings) Regulations 1999 apply in England and Wales. These national regulations set legal requirements for the design, installation, operation and maintenance of plumbing systems, water fittings and water-using appliances within the boundary of a residential or commercial property. They apply to all water pipes, water fittings, appliances that use water an all other plumbing within the property. The purpose of the regulations is to prevent waste, misuse, undue consumption, erroneous measurement of water and, most importantly to prevent contamination to the water supply.

As a clean water company, we have a legal duty to ensure the regulations are followed. Our enforcement policy sets out exactly how we challenge those that do not comply. 

Water companies are legally responsible for enforcing the regulations by carrying out inspections of new and some existing installations. 

Find out more from Water Regs UK.

To answer any queries you may have, take a look at our useful factsheets below.

Water Regulations UK information

Notification of proposed works  Understand the category of work you're carrying out to know which require notification beforehand (including RPZ valves).

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Notification of unauthorised water use Have you spotted someone using a hydrant but think they're not allowed?

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Planned inspections  Understand what happens during an inspection and what you need to do to comply.

Find an approved plumber Use a plumber that is an eligible member of an Approved Contractors Scheme.

Useful information

Lead pipes
It's worth considering a replacement supply connection, even if you are just renovating an old house. If you are replacing a lead supply pipe, we will usually replace the section from our mains to the property boundary free of charge. Please read our lead factsheet for more details.

Fire sprinklers

It is important that these systems are fitted correctly to ensure they will work as expected, whilst protecting the drinking water supply from contamination. Read our installation of fire sprinklers factsheet for more information.

Rainwater harvesting and grey water
Rainwater harvesting and water re-use systems need to be well-designed as well as being installed and maintained by those who are competent to do so.


Useful factsheets