What Are The Regulations For Drinking-Water Tanks In The UK?

Drinking water tanks are a convenient way to keep fresh, clean water available for use in workplaces, outdoor venues, or homes. When water is being used for drinking, the tank in which it is kept must adhere to health and safety guidelines. Contaminated water can be extremely dangerous and even fatal if ingested in large quantities. Furthermore, the installation of the tanks can also present risks to those who may come into contact with the water tank.

This article will guide you through what is required for meeting the regulations for drinking-water tanks in the UK.

Who must comply with drinking-water tank regulations?

Any property owner, resident and any person fitting plumbing systems must adhere to UK water regulations. You must plan the installation and give notice of installation to those involved with the water tank suppliers.

Water tank safety

To ensure that all new projects meet drinking-water tank regulations, water tank providers will inspect new tanks for water tank safety. Enduramaxx inspects water tanks per The Water Supply (Water Fittings) Regulations Byelaws in Scotland . They are national regulations to govern the installation, operation, and maintenance of plumbing systems and any other appliances that use water.

According to the regulations, a team should carry out all installation safely without the risk of danger to any person who may come into contact with the operation. They also state that assessments must be carried out by a trained person who will actively eliminate any hazards and will produce a Risk Assessment and Method Statement.

Specific safety requirements will be unique to each water tank installation depending on location and proposed use for the water. However, there are some considerations that all water tank installations should be aware of. These include:

Confined space awareness: Working in confined spaces increases risks for anyone involved in installing a water tank. A qualified person must inspect the spaces in which installers work for possible risks before the installation occurs.

Asbestos awareness: Asbestos is a naturally occurring silicate mineral that can cause health problems if inhaled in large amounts. If the water tank is made with asbestos, installers and anyone who will come into contact with the tank will need to wear appropriate safety gear.

First aid: When installing any heavy object, installers are at risk of injury. A person trained in first aid must be present on the installation site to assist any injuries that could occur.

The individual assessing the project will always know which guidelines to follow when inspecting your specific water tank installation.

Certified training providers for tank installers

To install a drinking-water tank, you must be able to prove that you have received relevant training. This requirement ensures that all installers are knowledgeable about safe installation practices to minimise hazards and make for good quality installation services. Certified training providers for installers include:

Construction Skills Certification Scheme

Prefabricated Access Suppliers and Manufacturers Association

If you are in need of a water tank for your building or want to know more about the installation services offered by Enduramaxx, feel free to get in touch with the team today!

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