What is WRAS Approval
Firstly WRAS stands for
Water Regulations Approval Scheme
The statement on the WRAS website :
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.
What does this mean?
Basically when products and components are going to be used in an environment that will make contact with mains potable water, they are required to undergo a very strict testing period.
This testing period involves a laboratory taking the components or product and running rigorous tests over months to ensure the high standard required for the UK market.
What are the benefits?
For the end user this means that you have the confidence that the product you are purchasing has undergone strict inspections and is of the highest quality.
For the manufacturer it means that when the product arrives on the building site, being able to quote the WRAS Approval number appeases the water inspector allocated to that site knowing that the water Authorities have approved the particular product.
What to look for when purchasing a Rainwater harvesting System
There are many manufacturers in the market that will quote ‘ WRAS Approved Products ‘. Unfortunately they will be referring to the individual components that go into their mains water backup systems.
Unfortunately this does not mean that their actual finished product has been WRAS approved but just the components internally.
The good news is that both of the mains water backup units manufactured by Rainwater Harvesting Limited have been fully approved by WRAS and therefore all of the Water Authorities across the UK!
You will be asked by the Water Inspector to quote the WRAS Approval number on site and if the system you have purchased does not have one it could cause delays onsite whilst information is sought from the manufacturer.