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.”