Approved Plumber Search

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WaterSafe approved plumbers are certified by our national accreditation body, with specific training in the UK’s Water Fittings Regulations and Byelaws.

Hiring a WaterSafe approved plumber ensures that all plumbing work meets high standards and protects the quality of drinking water in your home and business, in England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland.

Water Support Services search

When planning a plumbing project, you may wish to hire specialised contractors, rather than a fully qualified WaterSafe Plumber.

These Water Support Services contractors include:

  • Groundworkers
  • Catering installers
  • Point of Use

These contractors are not approved WaterSafe plumbers, but they are recognised by the water company schemes APLUS, TAPS, WaterMark and WIAPS to carry out specific types of work in compliance with the Water Fittings Regulations and Byelaws. 

Groundworkers

Groundworkers can work on the supply pipe (the underground pipe) supplying your property, up to the internal stop valve.

Catering installers

Catering Installers can install commercial kitchen equipment.

Point of Use installers

Point of Use Installers can install cold water chillers connected directly to the mains.

For further information or help, you should contact the relevant water company scheme.

Emergency Plumber Search

Find a local WaterSafe approved plumber to help with your emergency.

For leaks, burst pipes, or other plumbing emergencies, WaterSafe’s emergency search will give you the contact details of a plumber who can help right away.

If you have no water, very low pressure or concerns about the quality of your water, you should contact your local water company straight away.

Click here for more information about Emergency Plumbers

The Approved Contractors' Schemes

To become a member of WaterSafe, a plumbing business or sole trader must join one of the seven Approved Contractor Schemes operating 

within the UK.

APlus
A Plus stands for the Anglian Water approved plumber/contractor scheme. It is an Anglian Water accredited scheme which ensures the plumbers/contractors you use comply with the mandatory Water Supply (Water Fittings) Regulations 1999.


APHCThe Association of Plumbing and Heating Contractors (APHC) is the trade body for plumbing and heating businesses in England and Wales. It represents sole traders working in domestic properties to large companies working on commercial projects, helping installers run professional and profitable businesses.

The Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering is the UK’s professional body for plumbers and others in the plumbing industry. The Institute is a registered educational charity with the prime objective of improving the science, practice and principles of Plumbing and Heating Engineering in the public interest.

The Scottish and Northern Ireland Plumbing Employers’ Federation (SNIPEF) is the trade association for plumbing and heating businesses in Scotland and Northern Ireland. SNIPEF has around 750 member firms employing more than 4,000 operatives and nearly 500 apprentices.

TAPS was set up by Thames Water following the introduction of the Water Supply (Water Fittings) Regulations 1999. The scheme is free to join, providing the applicant meets the criteria for the type of membership they are applying for. There are three types of membership available.

The Water Industry Approved Plumbers' Scheme (WIAPS) is managed by the Water Regulations Advisory Scheme (WRAS) Ltd on behalf of fifteen Water Undertakers in England and Wales. It does not apply to areas that are geographically covered by Severn Trent Water, Anglian Water or Thames Water.


WaterMark is administrated by Severn Trent and in order to become a WaterMark member, a plumber has to show they have been suitably trained, that they have adequate knowledge of the Regulations through passing an assessment and that they have sufficient public liability insurance cover.

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