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Water Regs UK is working with WaterSafe to raise awareness of the need for people planning plumbing work to inform their local water company, and gain approval, before they start. Many water companies are supporting the initiative with localised campaigns.
The need to notify water suppliers of plumbing work extends to homeowners, landlords, tenants, developers, building managers and plumbers.
Not everyone is aware of the regulations, however, they are in place to ensure the plumbing meets the Water Supply (Water Fittings) Regulations that are designed to keep drinking water supplies safe and healthy.
The regulations apply to many types of domestic and commercial plumbing – from building new houses or extending business premises to everyday work such as installing certain types of bidets or large baths.
Getting permission is quick and free, but failure to notify your water supplier could result in extra costs to put poor plumbing right or, worse, contamination of water supplies and a court prosecution.
If you use a WaterSafe approved plumber, they are able to carry out some types of work without notification. This is because they have specific training in the strict regulations required to install pipes and fittings to supply drinking water.
How do I notify my water company?
In many cases, the water supplier will simply need a description of the planned work and the contact details of those undertaking it.
Read more about notification and the types of plumbing work that must be notified to water suppliers.
Download our campaign notification leaflets:
Find your water supplier here.