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Knowing what regulations apply to your business, and how to make sure you comply, could help you avoid breaking the law.

Water regulations

In order to protect your water supply from contamination, it is important that your fixtures and fittings are correctly installed and in a good state of repair. The Water Supply (Water Fittings) Regulations 1999 set out national requirements for the design, materials, installation and maintenance of plumbing systems, water fittings and water-using appliances. As a business, it is your legal duty to ensure your systems satisfy these requirements.

The purpose of these regulations is to protect your drinking water supply from contamination, and prevent inefficient use of water or incorrect measurement of it. The regulations apply in England and Wales to all plumbing systems, water fittings and equipment supplied, or to be supplied, with water from the public water supply. This applies to systems in all types of premises.