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 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 Importance of Well-Trained New Recruits 

Fiona Hodgson took over as the new chief executive of SNIPEF and a member of the WaterSafe Board earlier this year. Formerly head of finance and membership services for SNIPEF, she is a chartered accountant with more than 20 years’ experience.

Here she shares her thoughts on her new role and the importance of well-trained new recruits in the plumber sector:

"Managing a trade association in the 21st century doesn't come without challenges and I know already that I am going to be extremely busy in the months ahead.

I look forward to playing my part as a director of WaterSafe, which SNIPEF sees as playing an important role in promoting the use of professional plumbing businesses employing qualified plumbers. SNIPEF has campaigned for such recognition for much of its 93-year history but recognises that much more needs to be done before customers generally appreciate that they should use a professional business for all of their plumbing and heating work. When customers start to look for approved businesses, both they and the businesses should benefit.

SNIPEF is active in managing plumbing apprentice training in Scotland and one of our current priorities is to see an increase in the number of new recruits being trained. Unlike the situation in other parts of the UK, Scottish plumbing apprentices all aim to achieve Level 3S/NVQ and it would be good to see other parts of the country adopting this approach.

An industry without an adequate supply of new recruits training to an appropriate standard could be an industry storing up trouble for the future. I see that as one of the main challenges currently facing plumbing in the UK. Perhaps WaterSafe can play a part in helping to address this challenge?

I look forward to working with industry colleagues in WaterSafe."

Fiona Hodgson, CEO of SNIPEF

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