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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.
As a woman steps up to the top job in the UK as prime minister, WaterSafe is backing a free scholarship programme to get more women working in the plumbing industry.
Currently only about one per cent of plumbers in the UK are women, despite many householders saying they would rather employ a female plumber.
Now, Choice Training, in Dagenham, London, is offering free scholarships for women to encourage them to take up a career in the plumbing industry.
Julie Spinks, director of WaterSafe, the nation’s approved plumber scheme, said: “Plumbing can be a rewarding career but like many trades it is still male-dominated and we want to encourage more diversity in the industry.
“WaterSafe launched a ‘Get Girls Plumbing’ campaign in 2014 to promote plumbing as a career to school leavers and women looking for a change in direction, and this free scholarship offers a great opportunity to women in the London and Essex region.”
The scholarship covers all tuition fees for a one-year course to gain a Level 2 City & Guilds Diploma in Plumbing certificate. The courses run over two days each week.
Former scholarship winner Sally King said: “I got one of the scholarships and it has helped me climb ladders that I could never have done without their help.
“A lot of women do prefer women coming into their homes as they feel safer with another female. I have also had a lot of men who did not look impressed that a woman was coming in to do plumbing repairs, but were pleased that I did the job as well as any man when I had finished!”
The scholarships are open to women of all ages and abilities and applicants need to submit 100 words about themselves and why they would like the scholarship.
To find out more visit Choice Training.
Read more information on becoming a qualified plumber here.