The Water Regulations Advisory Scheme (WRAS) has separated its subscriptions and approvals activities into two separate businesses, Water Regs UK and the Water Regulations Approvals Scheme (WRAS).

The move follows an internal review and a series of in-depth surveys of members, stakeholders and subscribers.

The findings prompted the launch of the Water Regs UK and Water Regulations Approvals Scheme businesses, which clarifies the services offered to different stakeholder groups.

Water Regs UK is focusing on promoting compliance with the Water Fitting Regulations and Byelaws across the UK to protect customers.

The new business is primarily funded by water company subscribers and facilitates water company collaboration and the sharing of industry learning, experience, and good practice. It also acts as a hub to communicate information about the water regulations.

Water Regs UK is also responsible for running the Water Industry Approved Plumber Scheme (WIAPS) on behalf of 14 water suppliers in England and Wales.

The new Water Regulations Approvals Scheme business is funded by manufacturers and applicants and it has a specific responsibility for approving plumbing products and materials.

Responsibilities include maintaining a directory of more than 9,000 products and 3,000 materials.

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