CEDA reacts to WRAS combi-oven issue

Prominent CEDA executives have responded to the news that the Water Regulations Advisory Scheme (WRAS) plans changes to the interpretation of the 1999 Water Supply (Water Fittings) Regulations.

This amendment would lead to certain combination ovens and steamers submitted for approval after 1 April not being authorised – those that incorporate a facility that uses water to cool the appliance’s waste water.

Peter Kay, CEDA’s director of technical support, said: “The WRAS decision seems to have been driven by an idealistic interpretation of the water regulations without any consultation with, or consideration of the implications for, the foodservice industry in regard to both operators and equipment suppliers.

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“It impacts far more on manufacturers than distributors, who can only sell what is available on the market. However, in view of the fact that the water company inspectors all seem to have their own interpretations of the regulations, I have no doubt that some members will find inspectors rejecting installations on the basis of this decision.”

CESA has arranged a meeting with WRAS representatives on 14 April to discuss the issue.

John Scott, chairman of the CEDA technical steering committee, added: “This is one issue that CESA will drive via their technical forum as the representative of the manufacturers. The minimum result must be that the decision to progress with this interpretation is not retrospective and, all manufacturers are given a reasonable period of time, say 2 years, to introduce designs that are compliant.”

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