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What are Water Byelaws?

This page gives information on The Water Supply (Water Fittings) (Scotland) Byelaws 2014. 
At Scottish Water we use many measures to maintain and protect water quality and, among these, are Water Byelaws.
Water Byelaws are created under Section 70 of the Water (Scotland) Act 1980 to help ensure the safety of the water supply, with the main aim being the prevention of contamination of the public water supply. They also help you prevent waste, misuse and undue consumption of water.
Water Byelaws help ensure that connections to our water network are safe by regulating the fittings and materials used in plumbing systems and water using appliances.
Scottish Water has a responsibility to enforce Water Byelaws in all properties that have a public water supply.

How do Byelaws affect you?

The Water Byelaws apply to all plumbing systems, water fittings and appliances connected to the public water supply. They help ensure that any plumbing systems in your premises are installed and maintained correctly. Complying with these Byelaws can help to prevent any potential contamination of the public water supply or to water supplies in other parts of your premises.

Importantly, compliance helps protect the health and well-being of everyone using the public supply in Scotland, so they help protect:

1) You, your employees and visitors to your sites – by protecting the water they may consume on your premises and therefore their health & safety.

2) You, Your Business or Organisation – from criminal prosecution, adverse publicity and potentially substantial fines.