Here at Hydralectric we’re proud to be able to say that we provide WRAS approved flexible hose assemblies – but what exactly does that mean? Clean and safe water is something we’re lucky enough to take for granted in the UK, and that’s in part thanks to WRAS approval.
The Water Supply Regulations and WRAS approval
The Water Supply Regulations (WSR), setting out the legal requirements for plumbing systems, water fittings, and water-using appliances (including design, installation, operation and maintenance), came into effect in 1999 and includes the Water Supply (Water Fittings) Regulations and Scottish Water Byelaws.
The WSR are vitally important in protecting the health of the UK public, making sure water is used as efficiently as possible, and safeguarding our water supplies, and state that any water fitting or system must be of an appropriate standard and quality. This means they can’t cause misuse, waste, excessive consumption or inaccurate measurement of water, or contamination of drinking water. Making sure that fittings like our flexible hose assemblies are professionally installed and maintained is a big part of the WSR, and that’s where the Water Regulations Advisory Scheme (WRAS) comes in. Products that are certified with WRAS approval are guaranteed to comply completely with the regulations and byelaws of the WSR, and as WRAS approval is directly granted by representatives of the water suppliers themselves, it’s accepted by each and every water supplier in the UK.
What WRAS approval means to our customers
Quite simply, it’s the mark that means you know our products are of the highest quality, and that we’ve created them to be safe – neither contaminating the water supply nor endangering the health of the in any other way. While WRAS approval isn’t compulsory, companies that seek it, us included, put the safety and peace of mind of our customers first.