The purpose of WRAS is to contribute to the protection of public health by preventing contamination of public water supplies and encouraging the efficient use of water by promoting and facilitating compliance with the Water Supply (Water Fittings) Regulations and Byelaws in Scotland.
WRAS is a subscription membership company limited by guarantee and was incorporated on 4 August 2008. The subscribers of WRAS are the 26 UK Water Suppliers.
It has four core objectives:
1. To raise awareness and understanding of the Water Fittings Regulations*, through marketing and communications, advice, consultation, education and professional development.
2. To provide approval scheme, processes and guidance to enable organisations and individuals to demonstrate compliance with the Water Fittings Regulations*.
3. To provide cost effective support to water companies by providing guidance to enable consistent interpretation and enforcement of the Water Fittings Regulations*.
4. To represent the UK water supply industry as one voice on the Water Fittings Regulations and contribute to the development of relevant guidance, codes of practice and standards.
In this section you can find information about the WRAS team, WRAS Board and WRAS committees. In the resources section you can find copies of the WRAS annual reports, WRAS business plan and the company articles
*'Water Fittings Regulations’ refers to The Water Supply (Water Fittings) Regulations 1999, The Water Supply (Water Fittings) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2009 and The Water Supply (Water Fittings) (Scotland) Byelaws 2014.
Any water fitting, which when installed, will carry or receive water from the public mains water supply in the UK, must comply with the Water Supply (Water Fittings) Regulations or Scottish Byelaws. These require that a water fitting should not cause waste, misuse, undue consumption or contamination of the water supply and must be ‘of an appropriate quality and standard’.
A WRAS approval is an easy way to demonstrate compliance for a material or water fitting, other approval schemes are available.
WRAS Product Approval: Whole products such as valves, boilers & showers undergo mechanical and water quality testing. This type of approval demonstrates compliance with requirements of the regulations and byelaws, provided the fitting is installed according to any conditions given with the approval.
WRAS Material Approval: Non-metallic materials & components, such as rubber sheet material & ‘O’ rings, undergo testing only for their effects on water quality. This type of approval demonstrates that the non-metallic material/component does not itself contaminate the water and therefore satisfies this particular requirement of regulations and byelaws.
Where do the regulations apply?
The Regulations are typically in effect between the boundary of a property and the point of discharge
More information can be found on the WRAS website: https://www.wras.co.uk