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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.
The new president and the CEO of the Association of Plumbing and Heating Contractors (APHC) have praised the launch of WaterSafe as the first stage of cutting bureaucratic burden for installers.
Robert Price MBE was confirmed as the Association’s new President at the President’s Dinner on June 15 where he expressed gladness at the advocacy WaterSafe has already received throughout the water industry.
“I would like to call on our senior industry representatives present to work together to look at developing a more equitable solution for addressing the competency requirements of businesses and operatives in our industry, said Mr Price.
“I am greatly encouraged by the work undertaken by the various industry bodies in developing the WaterSafe scheme and I believe that many of the scheme principles could be transferred to other areas of work falling under the scope of the plumbing and heating industry.”
Water Safe is due to be launched to the public in the autumn with a launch events planned in London. The public launch on October and will be attended by top industry figures from Water UK, The Worshipful Company of Plumbers and Defra. The main event will also be run alongside a media campaign involving radio, TV and lifestyle magazine coverage.
John Thomson, APHC’s Chief Executive echoed the same sentiments as the newly-elected President ahead of the official launch, saying: “We have been involved with WaterSafe since the inception of the scheme, along with six other partner organisations and we are pleased to see the scheme is finally getting off the ground.”
“We have widely promoted the scheme to our members and like us they recognise the importance and benefits of being part of WaterSafe. I am encouraged to see that so many of our members have already signed up and would urge others considering [joining] WaterSafe to do so before the public launch in autumn.”