Plant and Equipment Standard

January 2024

The revised LCA Service Delivery Standard for plant and equipment launched on the 1st of July 2023 with no new requirements for Members.  

There are some minor changes to the detail in section D that brings the different service standards more in line with each other.  Members will need to make sure quotation and other communication templates used to deal with this part of the standard are updated.  

In auditing going forward we are moving away from non-legionella specific items and trying to focus attention on core issues.  If Members have any feedback on what is most important in the real world and where we should focus audit, please let us know.  The 2023 auditing document including checklists is available now with a highlighted changes version.

Common Failings 

One common failing we see in delivery of plant and equipment is not recognising and addressing the need to notify changes to the water system.

Notification is required when:

  • Building a house or other property/structure
  • Extending or altering the water system on any non-household building
  • A reduced pressure zone (RPZ) valve assembly or similar
  • A water treatment unit which produces wastewater
  • A bidet with an upward spray or flexible hose
  • A bath which holds more than 230 litres of water
  • A pump or booster delivering more than 12 litres of water per minute connected directly or indirectly to a supply pipe
  • A reverse osmosis unit (for purifying water)
  • Any water system outside a building which is either less than 750mm or more than 1,350mm below ground
  • A garden watering system (unless operated by hand)
  • Installing a swimming pool or pond over 10,000 litres
  • Changing the use of a building or installing systems such as rainwater harvesting
  • Any drinking water fountain.

The work in bold above is commonly performed by LCA members and must be notified.  For more information please see WaterSafe's Advice here

If you recognise the above in your work, check your process and procedure as soon as possible.