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Outdoor Taps

(Not permitted if you live in a flat or block


Outside taps are permitted when fitted to a cold water supply only.

Considerations before making your alteration

  • A competent tradesperson is required
  • Any exposed pipework is to be fully insulated to prevent pipes from freezing
  • All outdoor taps should have an isolation valve, which enables you to turn off the water to the tap, without the need to turn off your whole water supply. It should also have a double-check valve fitted in your internal pipework to prevent dirty water from flowing back into your main water supply.

The shortest route from your kitchen water supply should be used when installing an outside tap and have drainage nearby. We also recommend you investigate advice on legionella when considering installing an outside tap.