What is WRAS?
WRAS, which stands for Water Regulations Advisory Scheme, is a certification mark that demonstrates that an item or package complies with the high standards set out by water regulations.
WRAS is an acronym for Water Regulations Advisory Scheme. Despite WRAS being incorporated in 2008 Water Companies have for over 100 years been working with individuals and organisations to help them comply with byelaws and water fittings regulations.
WRAS approval allows the installation of products that carry or receive water from the public mains water supply in the UK to fully comply with the Water Supply (Water Fittings) Regulations and Scottish Byelaws. These regulations 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’.
As WRAS approval is granted directly by representatives of the water suppliers, it is the easiest way to demonstrate compliance with these regulations.
Why is it important?
A product made from unsuitable materials can contaminate water by dissolving metals or encouraging growth of bacteria which can cause an unpleasant taste or odour or ill health. A product which contaminates the water would not comply with water supply regulations, and therefore would not be legal to install.
What is a WRAS approved product?
A WRAS approved product has undertaken a series of exhaustive independent tests to qualify that it is suitable to carry or receive water from the public mains water supply in the UK and complies with the Water Supply Regulations*.