Q. WHERE SHOULD THE INCOMING STOP TAP BE LOCATED?

A. In relation to stop taps the Water Supply (Water Fittings) Regulations and Scottish Water Byelaws set 2 requirements.

  • The first is that every supply pipe to separate premises to have a conveniently located stopvalve which can isolate it without affecting any other premises. Government guidance recommends that this should be as close as practicable to the point where the pipe enters the building – commonly known as the point of entry – and is the normal location for it.
  • The second requirement is - where a supply or distributing pipe serves two or more premises there shall be a stopvalve that is readily accessible for each occupier – this usually means in a communal area such as a service cupboard.

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