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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.
WaterSafe has joined forces with a certification body to launch a new course for seasoned plumbers hoping to join the WaterSafe Installers' Scheme.
The new qualification will combine practical plumbing assessments with a water regulations test aimed at determining on-the-job competency.
BPEC and WaterSafe scheme organisers have been working together to devise the assessment which will give experienced plumbers an alternative route to Approved Contractor status on one of the seven Approved Contractors' Schemes in the UK - the first step to becoming WaterSafe Approved.
Mally Butters, of BPEC, said: "We have now finished the development of the course, PowerPoints, assessment material and the final sign off is now with the BPEC Awarding Organisation."
Training centres around the UK have expressed an interest in running the course and the number offering the qualification is expected to rise after the official consumer launch of WaterSafe on October 8.
"When we launched the course we had around nine centres showing some interest and asking for more details which we provided, this has led to at least one centre completing the approval paperwork for the course," continued Mr Butters.
"We are hoping these are the first of many and that one or two north of the boarder will take this up."
Three training centres have so far been given the green light to run the course - Steve Willis Training Ltd. in Burgess Hill, West Sussex, Prospects College in Basildon, Essex and East Riding Training Solutions in Hull, East Yorkshire.
The qualification will be equivalent to the NVQ Level 2 or City & Guilds Craft Certificate which, with a Water Regulations Certificate, is the normal entry level into an Approved Contractors' Scheme which a company must join before they are offered free WaterSafe accreditation.
Course dates and costs have yet to be confirmed but installers interested in signing up can contact WaterSafe on 0333 207 9030.