What is the WRAS?
Reliance Water Controls is proud that our products are WRAS approved. It means they’re of the highest quality and produced and installed with water safety in mind. But what is the WRAS? What does it mean for Reliance Water Controls and our customers?
Did you know that unsafe water supplies affect up to one billion people around the world causing disease, sickness and death? In 1999, safe water supply regulations were set up to ensure that all UK residents have access to safe water. The Water Regulations Advisory Scheme (WRAS) applies regulations to the design, installation and operation of plumbing systems, water fittings and water using applications. The WRAS seal of approval shows that any manufacturer of plumbing parts produces products which comply with their standards. This means that any equipment supplied or installed by Reliance Water Controls will not cause any danger to public health. The primary purpose of the WRAS is to protect public health through prevention of contamination of water supply and promoting and facilitating compliance with standards and regulations.
These standards mean that any water fitting which is installed to carry or receive water from the public mains water supplies in the UK MUST comply. Whole products such as valves, boilers and showers undergo mechanical and water quality testing to ensure full safety and quality of the products before they’re introduced to the market. Materials are also subjected to rigorous testing to make sure the product itself does not contaminate water supply as it flows through.
How do we comply with the WRAS Certification?
At Reliance Water Controls, we know that the production, installation and use of well designed, installed and maintained plumbing parts is crucial to upholding the standards set out by the WRAS. Products produced by any plumbing parts manufacturer should not contaminate water supply or jeopardise public health. In the public sector, leisure and retail environments where a potential of thousands of people come into contact with the water supply every day, safety is of utmost importance.
The standards set out by the WRAS are not legally binding but they are enforced by all UK water supply companies. The certification covers all plumbing systems, water fittings and equipment supplied or to be supplied with water from the public water supply. WRAS standards require that water fittings should not cause waste, misuse, undue consumption or contamination of the water supply.