New regulations enforced by WRAS (Water Regulations Advisory Scheme) have been adopted by national water companies as industry best practice resulting in implications for marina users across the UK.  

SYH is no exception and all hose pipes will be removed from the marina before Christmas.

The WRAS regulations have been implemented for several reasons, including:

  • increasing the safety of drinking water going onto boats (i.e. preventing stagnant hose pipe water going into water tanks)
  • reducing the amount of water wasted by hose pipes that do not have shut off valves at the ends
  • preventing marina/river water getting into hose pipes that have been left dangling off the edge of the pontoon

National water companies, including Anglian Water, have adopted these regulations as industry best practice, which all customers of those providers must adhere to.

What does this mean for berth holders and marina users?

  • The existing taps (which are all drinking water at source) around the marina will remain in situ
  • All hose pipes will be removed from the pontoons and hard standing areas by Christmas
  • Boat owners will need to provide their own hoses as follows:
    • An expandable hose for washing down (the ‘crinkly’ looking hoses)
    • A flat hose for filling up water tanks (these allow water to run out after use ensuring no build-up of stagnant water or bacteria)
  • All hoses must have ‘trigger ends’ or shut off valves.  As all SYH’s taps are drinking water at source, the shut off valves prevent non-drinking water flowing back up the hose if it drops into the marina
  • Washing down and filling up water tanks from the fuel bay is no longer permitted to avoid contamination of water tanks.  Pre or post refuelling, boats will need to move along the pontoon, slightly to the west of the fuel bay, to the tap that is already in situ

What is SYH doing to assist berth holders and marina users?

The SYH chandlery will stock the appropriate hose pipe kits, including those with automatic shut off valves, and staff will be on-hand to help with any queries.

Flat hose for drinking water use, currently on sale in the chandlery

SYH managing director Jonathan Dyke commented, “We understand these changes will be an inconvenience for marina users.  SYH has been in discussion with marine industry bodies and Anglian Water surrounding the regulations for some time and we are unable to hold off complying with the best practice any longer.  These are not decisions we have accepted lightly, but we are not alone.  Marinas across the UK will be in the same position either now or in the very near future.”

Jonathan continued, “If anyone has questions surrounding the regulations, please do speak to a member of the SYH team.”