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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 UK’s newly-launched plumbing assurance scheme, WaterSafe has expressed its full support for the upcoming World Plumbing Day.
Now in its fourth year, World Plumbing Day, to be held on 11 March 2014, was founded by the World Plumbing Council to promote the important role plumbing plays in the health and safety of modern society.
Working to a similar objective nationally,WaterSafe, launched in October 2013, is helping to re-focus standards within the plumbing sector by providing recognition for competent plumbers, as well as protecting consumers seeking plumbing work.
Notably, while much focus on water safety appears to hone in on third-world countries, research by WaterSafe reveals there are still issues closer to home.
In a recent report, WaterSafe revealed that bodged plumbing jobs have cost the nation a whopping £2.6 billion in the last few years. Not surprisingly then, each year UK water companies encounter numerous incidents of bodged plumbing jobs going catastrophically wrong both on the commercial and domestic front. Aside from the huge financial repercussions, in worse case scenarios this has resulted in contaminated water and grave health risks.
Julie Spinks, Director of WaterSafe comments: “Indeed, the standard of water safety in the UK is exceptional, however there is still work to be done with regard to eradicating rogue traders and raising the standard of plumbing installations in homes and businesses. Evidently, this is demonstrated by our recent research which shows that rogue plumbers have cost the nation £2.6 billion, not to mention the ensuing health and safety implications.
“As such, we offer our full support to World Plumbing Day which has a major role to play in highlighting the importance of promoting best plumbing practice. It is initiatives such as this which, working towards the same collective as WaterSafe, can help to raise the standards of water safety in the UK and around the world.”