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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.
Drinking safe, healthy tap water is the most important thing all of us do every day of the year.
So, on World Plumbing Day (March 11), WaterSafe is celebrating the role its trusted and qualified plumbers play in keeping drinking water safe in homes and businesses across the UK.
WaterSafe is the one-stop-shop to find a professional plumber who is qualified to work safely with drinking water, and is backed by the Government and all the water companies in England, Wales and Scotland.
Research has shown that Britons spend billions of pounds putting right jobs which have gone wrong at the hands of unqualified plumbers.
However, the greater risk is that poor plumbing can lead to water contamination and upset stomachs for families or employees, or in rare cases more serious conditions.
Julie Spinks, director of WaterSafe, said: “World Plumbing Day is about celebrating the role this army of unsung heroes play in keeping our drinking water and families safe and healthy every day.
“We are very lucky in this country to have such high quality tap water but it’s important to remember that after it has entered our homes or businesses from the water mains, then it’s the owner’s responsibility to keep it safe. A WaterSafe approved plumber has had specific training in how to keep water safe and use the right plumbing products to do this.”
Around the world others are less fortunate. Every 15 seconds a child dies from a water-related disease and half of the world’s hospital beds are occupied by patients suffering from water-related diseases.
Find your nearest WaterSafe-accredited plumbing business using the postcode search on the WaterSafe website and keep their number safe in case of emergencies.