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Water Regs UK shifts guidance online

Water Regs UK has published new guidance online and retired the Water Regulations Guide. It aims to provide more accessible, up-to-date information to help everyone comply with the water fittings regulations and byelaws.

These regulations protect drinking water supplies by setting legal requirements for the design, installation, operation and maintenance of plumbing systems.

The decision to replace the Water Regulations Guide with online guidance was taken by water companies. It includes:
• Up-to-date guidance backed by water companies, which can be reviewed and updated regularly
• Free access for everyone to enable a wider reach and greater awareness of safe water systems
• Clear distinction between informative guidance about regulatory requirements and more general information that may or may not apply, depending on the situation
• The ability to give feedback, which will help to identify gaps and drive improvements.

Water Regs UK managing director Julie Spinks says: “[The guidance] provides relevant information to everyone who needs to comply – from installers and building owners to plumbing students, engineers and, of course, consumers.

“As the biggest change in guidance in more than 20 years, it’s in everyone’s best interest to make use of this new resource and ensure they are up to date with the views of water companies, who enforce the regulations. There is always room for improvement and we would welcome feedback to make it even better.”

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