The scheme is a national accreditation body which checks and approves businesses and their staff to give customers reassurance about the tradespeople undertaking work for them.
It brings together thousands of qualified contractors employed by businesses from the seven existing approved contractors’ schemes across the UK, including:
Our aim is to help you find the nearest qualified contractor local to you to help keep water supplies safe and healthy in homes and businesses.
Using an approved contractor helps prevent the risk of drinking water being contaminated by poor plumbing practices or sub-standard products.
The scheme is supported by the government watchdogs for drinking water, the Drinking Water Inspectorate in England and Wales, the Drinking Water Inspecorate (Northern Ireland), and the Drinking Water Quality Regulator in Scotland.
NHS guidance advises all hospital trusts to use approved WaterSafe contractors in their premises, in order to safeguard public health.
Contractors approved through WaterSafe have specific training in the Water Fittings Regulations and Byelaws, to ensure they meet the strict legal requirements for installing water pipes and fittings.
Where businesses fail to meet these standards, a disciplinary process applies, each approved contractors' scheme has their own process.
All members of WaterSafe carry agreed levels of public liability insurance.