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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.
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:
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 can install commercial kitchen equipment.
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.
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.
Congratulations to Anthony Iacovazzo, from City College Norwich – this year’s HIP UK Heating Apprentice of the Year!
WaterSafe’s Gareth Harris had the honour of acting as a guest judge in the regional heats and an intense two-day final held in April. Here, he shares his thoughts on the impressive finalists and what makes a great apprentice:
"Being a judge at this year’s competition was an exciting opportunity I had been looking forward to for months. What I didn’t anticipate was how much of a humbling experience it would be.
Throughout the seven regional heats we met about 70 students, some were full-time and others apprentices.
Every competitor applied themselves to the best of their ability. The standard of work was phenomenal and the ability shown by some of the students would put me to shame.
I was told that one full-time student had even got a job as a result of representing his college in the event.
The final challenge
Arriving at sponsor ADEY Professional Heating Solution’s head office in Cheltenham, and seeing the set up for the final, showed me how much support there is for the future of the industry.
The eight finalists had 10 hours to follow a diagram to the millimetre and install a wash hand basin, toilet, two radiators, a Vaillant boiler with a MagnaClean, a Mira shower and a Wilo pump.
‘No pressure’ we told them – that was easy for us to say!
Lunchtime on day two saw the competition come to an end, and time for a difficult decision for the judges. The standard across the board was remarkable and I would have any one of them do work in my house.
When Anthony was announced as the winner there was no one more shocked than Anthony himself. As with all of the finalists, he is a very talented young man who showed exceptional skills, pride in his work and attention to detail.
Having demonstrated that they have the practical skills I hope each of the contestants continue with their studies to ensure they learn the technical and legal side of the industry. This will assist them in a long and successful career.”
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