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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.
Plumbing industry stalwart Chris Sneath has been appointed a Member of the British Empire (MBE) in recognition of his services to the plumbing and heating industry.
Mr Sneath, a former president of the Building and Engineering Services Association (B&ES), has been appointed a Member of the British Empire (MBE) in recognition of his services to the plumbing and heating industry.
As a Fellow of WaterSafe partner scheme, the Chartered Institute of Pluming and Heating Engineering (CIPHE), he has worked to unite the industry in raising standards.
Alongside his membership of CIPHE and the Worshipful Company of Plumbers, Mr Sneath has been WaterSafe Chairman since the scheme's inception in 2012.
On receiving the news Chris Sneath said: "I am deeply honoured, naturally delighted and somewhat humbled to have been recognised in this way. It is the culmination of my love and passion for the Industry and those that I have had the privilege to work with.”
Mr Sneath is particularly active in drawing attention to ‘rogue training’ organisations that provide expensive, fast-track plumbing courses resulting in qualifications that are not recognised by employers and are not to the standard required by WaterSafe.
Kevin Wellman, Chief Executive of the CIPHE, added: “The award is a very well deserved recognition of the exceptional contribution Chris has made to the plumbing industry and through this to the maintenance of high standards of public health in this country. In addition Chris works tirelessly in support of a number of charities close to his heart.”