The Water Supply (Water Fittings) Regulations 1999 govern the installation and maintenance of water fittings in any premises which are connected, or are to be connected, to a public water supply.
The regulations do not apply to premises which only have a private source of water, although they do provide a useful code of practice for private supplies.
The regulations protect public health and promote sensible and efficient use of water by placing legal duties on the installers of water systems and owners and occupiers of premises.
We have some important information in relation to double check valves (DCV) for internal domestic appliances such as dishwashers and washing machines, to share with you.
In April 2017, the Water Regs UK released an amendment in relation to installation requirements under the Water Supply (Water Fittings) Regulations 1999 in England and Wales which now means these appliances will need an additional DCV installed at the point of connection between the water supply and the appliance.
IRN 160: “A compliant double check valve or some other no less effective device providing backflow prevention protection to at least fluid category three shall be fitted at the point of connection(s) between the water supply and the fitting or appliance. Where the double check valve is for use with products that incorporate water injected with CO2 gas all metal parts in contact with the water passing through it must be constructed from chrome nickel stainless steel.”
IRN 360: “Domestic unvented primary circuits may be filled or replenished by means of a temporary connection between the primary circuit and the supply pipe. An ‘Approved’ double check valve shall be installed at the point of connection to the supply pipe. A permanent connection between the primary circuit and the supply pipe may be made via a CA backflow prevention device or some other no less effective backflow prevention device.”
Historically, an assumption was made that all domestic appliances were fitted with double check valves and internal inspections would have passed.
Our Customer Services Representative team will now fail all domestic internal inspections where appliances such as washing machines, washer-dryers and dishwashers where the fitting is not present.
Where can I get a full copy of the water fittings regulations?
The regulations (SI 1999 No. 1148 and No. 1506) and their schedules are available online and can be purchased from HMSO. In addition, the Government's guidance document relating to the schedules is also available online. The text of all these documents is included along with detailed water industry guidance and interpretation in the Water Regulations Guide which can be purchased directly from WRAS.
Anglian Water cannot provide a design service for installations but we will try to answer individual queries from customers, designers, builders and installers about the interpretation of the regulations but WRAS can also provide interpretation advice. We can provide copies of the regulations upon request.