News Archive

Consultation on the Water Industry’s AIM 08-01 for RPZ valves

The water industry, through WRAS, is consulting on a proposed revision to Water Undertakers’ Approved Installation Method (AIM 08-01) – Type BA Device – Verifiable Backflow Preventer with Reduced Pressure Zone (RPZ Valve) . This consultation provides stakeholders and interested

Annual Report 2014/15 published

WRAS has recently published our annual report covering the financial year 2014/2015. Key sections included and issues covered include: General information about WRAS Governance and financial performance Business plan update Subscribers' survey (satisfaction) Approved Product and Materials

New pipe insulation app launched

The new WRAS Pipe Insulation Tool is a free, easy-to-use app for designers, installers and property owners to assess the effectiveness of insulation in delaying the freezing of water in pipes. Inputting a few key pieces of information will reveal how many hours protection you can expect from the

New Scottish Water Byelaws introduced

New Water Byelaws have been introduced in Scotland replacing those brought in a decade ago. The Byelaws have been created and are enforced by Scottish Water and must be adhered to in all properties in Scotland which have a public water supply. The Scottish Water Byelaws 2004 have now been replaced

WRAS supports Hot Water Burns Like Fire campaign

WRAS pledges its full support for a new campaign by the Children's Burns Trust (CBT) to stop scalding by hot water from taps and showers . The 'Hot Water Burns Like Fire' campaign is being headed by actress and patron of the CBT, Amanda Redman MBE, who attended the campaign's launch at the

WRAS and WaterSafe support Lead Poisoning Prevention Week

In association with the WaterSafe Installers' Scheme, WRAS is urging homeowners to be ‘lead aware’ this week to ensure their drinking water stays fresh and healthy. The call comes during Lead Poisoning Prevention Week (October 25-31), a campaign led by the World Health Organisation to

WRAS has moved

As you may know, the Water Regulations Advisory Scheme (WRAS), Water Industry Approved Plumbers’ Scheme (WIAPS) and WaterSafe Installers’ Scheme have moved offices. We have relocated to: Unit 13, Willow Road, Pen-y-Fan Industrial Estate, Crumlin, Gwent, NP11 4EG We opened for

WaterSafe Experienced Plumbers' course

WaterSafe has joined forces with a certification body to launch a new course for seasoned plumbers hoping to join the WaterSafe Installers' Scheme. The new qualification will combine practical plumbing assessments with a water regulations test aimed at determining on-the-job competency. BPEC and

Rogue plumbers cost UK homeowners £2.6bn

Following new research which reveals that Brits have spent a whopping £2.6 billion in the last year fixing plumbing disasters, WaterSafe is warning homeowners about the costly risks of using a dodgy tradesperson. According to the survey of 2,000 consumers, a shocking two thirds (69%) admit

New telephone and fax numbers

We have made changes to our telephone system which will enable us to handle your calls more efficient Our new telephone number is 0333 207 9030 and calls will be charged at the national rate. The change will not affect any of the services offered by WRAS and we apologise for any inconvenience

WRAS prepares for Installer 2015

WRAS is gearing up to exhibit at Installer 2015 - our first major exhibition outing since rebranding last August. As one of more than 70 exhibitors at the Show taking place between May 12-14 at the RICOH Arena, Coventry, WRAS aims to engage with as many visitors and fellow exhibitors as possible.

Important information for RPZ testers

WRAS is in the process of reviewing the list of RPZ testers published in our search facility . The aim is to improve a search facility focusing on those testers who are able to provide RPZ testing services. To ensure all active testers remain recognised by water suppliers, WRAS is seeking

'Father' of Water Fittings Regulations dies

With sadness WRAS learnt of the death of Laurie Young on 8 th December 2015. With Graham Mays, Laurie wrote the WRAS Water Regulations Guide which has been of such importance and value to water inspectors and installers and users of plumbing systems in the UK by defining and explaining the

Rogue plumbers cost UK homeowners £2.6bn

Following new research which reveals that Brits have spent a whopping £2.6 billion in the last year fixing plumbing disasters, WaterSafe is warning homeowners about the costly risks of using a dodgy tradesperson. According to the survey of 2,000 consumers, a shocking two thirds (69%) admit

Water UK and WRAS publish 'Looking After Water In Your Home'

WRAS has collaborated with Water UK to help develop 'Looking after water in your home' - a new booklet, providing advice to homeowners with properties connected to the public water supply. Water UK - the trade body for water companies in the UK - developed the document with WRAS to help homeowners

DWI Report: Failures in homes avoidable

The nation’s water supplies are among the healthiest in the world – with 99.96 per cent passing stringent standards.However, of those which do fail, nearly a third are due to problems in people’sown homes, a report has shown. Poor plumbing practices and sub-standard fittings are

RPZ tester database update

WRAS has now completed a review of the list of RPZ testers published in our search facility to improve usability for customers. Having consulted with the testers listed on the database, we will be removing all those who have confirmed they no longer wish to be registered or have not responded to

Notification campaign launch

WRAS, the UK’s leading water regulations body, is urging anyone planning plumbing work to make sure they know the ‘water law’ before they start. Many water companies are supporting the initiative with localised campaigns. In many cases, work on new and existing plumbing systems,

Rogue plumbers cost UK homeowners £2.6bn

Following new research which reveals that Brits have spent a whopping £2.6 billion in the last year fixing plumbing disasters, WaterSafe is warning homeowners about the costly risks of using a dodgy tradesperson. According to the survey of 2,000 consumers, a shocking two thirds (69%) admit

Rogue plumbers cost UK homeowners £2.6bn

Following new research which reveals that Brits have spent a whopping £2.6 billion in the last year fixing plumbing disasters, WaterSafe is warning homeowners about the costly risks of using a dodgy tradesperson. According to the survey of 2,000 consumers, a shocking two thirds (69%) admit

Rogue plumbers cost UK homeowners £2.6bn

Following new research which reveals that Brits have spent a whopping £2.6 billion in the last year fixing plumbing disasters, WaterSafe is warning homeowners about the costly risks of using a dodgy tradesperson. According to the survey of 2,000 consumers, a shocking two thirds (69%) admit

Rogue plumbers cost UK homeowners £2.6bn

Following new research which reveals that Brits have spent a whopping £2.6 billion in the last year fixing plumbing disasters, WaterSafe is warning homeowners about the costly risks of using a dodgy tradesperson. According to the survey of 2,000 consumers, a shocking two thirds (69%) admit

Rogue plumbers cost UK homeowners £2.6bn

Following new research which reveals that Brits have spent a whopping £2.6 billion in the last year fixing plumbing disasters, WaterSafe is warning homeowners about the costly risks of using a dodgy tradesperson. According to the survey of 2,000 consumers, a shocking two thirds (69%) admit

Rogue plumbers cost UK homeowners £2.6bn

Following new research which reveals that Brits have spent a whopping £2.6 billion in the last year fixing plumbing disasters, WaterSafe is warning homeowners about the costly risks of using a dodgy tradesperson. According to the survey of 2,000 consumers, a shocking two thirds (69%) admit

Rogue plumbers cost UK homeowners £2.6bn

Following new research which reveals that Brits have spent a whopping £2.6 billion in the last year fixing plumbing disasters, WaterSafe is warning homeowners about the costly risks of using a dodgy tradesperson. According to the survey of 2,000 consumers, a shocking two thirds (69%) admit