Approved Plumber Search

Find a local plumber you can trust using our free online directory search.

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.

Water Support Services search

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:

  • Groundworkers
  • Catering installers
  • Point of Use

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

Groundworkers can work on the supply pipe (the underground pipe) supplying your property, up to the internal stop valve.

Catering installers

Catering Installers can install commercial kitchen equipment.

Point of Use installers

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.

Emergency Plumber Search

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.

Click here for more information about Emergency Plumbers

Membership Frequently Asked Questions

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WHY SHOULD I REGISTER MY BUSINESS AS WATERSAFE APPROVED?

By becoming approved, your business will benefit from free publicity online and you can gain extra credibility under the WaterSafe banner – a national brand backed by water suppliers in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, which customers can trust. 

Approved plumbing businesses also have access to Water Fittings Regulations and Byelaws information to help keep up to date. Plus, signing up to WaterSafe after becoming a member of an Approved Contractors’ Scheme will enable your business to use WaterSafe branding to reassure your customers, demonstrate your professional status and competency. 

HOW DOES MY BUSINESS BECOME APPROVED? 

To be a member of WaterSafe and therefore ‘WaterSafe approved’ a plumbing business or sole trader must join one of the seven existing Approved Contractor Schemes and operate within the UK.

To join an Approved Contractor Scheme, each WaterSafe approved business must have £2m of public liability insurance and employers’ liability cover – where appropriate – of £5m in place.

WaterSafe also requires each approved member business to employ suitably qualified and competent individuals. These individuals then become WaterSafe recognised. To be suitably qualified, plumbers employed by a business are required to successfully complete an NVQ Level 2 in Mechanical Engineer Services (plumbing) (6089) as a minimum and have a Water Fittings Regulations qualification.

Each business must have at least one qualified individual who is recognised by WaterSafe for every five employees undertaking water supply installation work. WaterSafe approved businesses commit to send only qualified and WaterSafe recognised individuals to respond to WaterSafe-generated work.  

WaterSafe approved businesses must also adhere to their Approved Contractor Scheme/ WaterSafe code of conduct and customer commitments.

WHAT ARE THE CONDITIONS FOR WATERSAFE MEMBERSHIP?

Each WaterSafe Approved Business must:

The document demonstrating compliance explains how Approved Businesses can meet the requirements of the scheme.

WHAT DOES IT COST TO BECOME A WATERSAFE APPROVED BUSINESS?

Firstly, a plumbing business or sole trader needs to join one of the seven Approved Contractors’ Schemes in the UK. The seven Approved Contractors’ Schemes are: 

  • The Water Industry Approved Plumbers’ Scheme (WIAPS) 
  • Association of Plumbing and Heating Contractors (APHC) 
  • Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering (CIPHE) Approved Contractor Persons
  • Scottish and Northern Ireland Plumbing Employers’ Federation (SNIPEF) Water Regulations Approved Contractors’ Schemes
  • Anglian Water’s A Plus 
  • Severn Trent’s WaterMark
  • Thames Water’s TAPS

Membership costs of these Approved Contractors’ Schemes vary depending on the level of membership and the additional services, which may be offered. Some Approved Contractors’ Schemes don’t charge for joining.

Once you join an Approved Contractors’ Scheme you can opt to sign up for free WaterSafe accreditation as an added bonus.

WHICH GEOGRAPHIC AREAS DO EACH OF THE APPROVED CONTRACTORS SCHEMES OPERATE IN?

Follow this link to check the areas in which each Approved Contractor Scheme operates.

CUSTOMER COMPLAINTS

WHAT HAPPENS IF A CUSTOMER COMPLAINS ABOUT MY WORK? COULD MY COMPANY BE REMOVED FROM WATERSAFE?

If a customer complains about your work, the complaint will be passed on to your Approved Contractors’ Scheme to investigate. If the Approved Contractors’ Scheme finds that your work does not comply with the Water Fittings Regulations or Byelaws, your company will be asked to rectify the work.  

Where a company or individual breaches the code of conduct of its Approved Contractors’ Scheme, this may lead to a suspension or removal from the WaterSafe register.

CHANGING COMPANIES

WHAT IF A EMPLOYEE, WHO IS A WATERSAFE RECOGNISED INDIVIDUAL, LEAVES MY COMPANY?

You should notify your approved contractor scheme operator, so that they can remove them from the website search.

AS A RECOGNISED PLUMBER, WHAT HAPPENS IF I MOVE COMPANIES?

If you are a WaterSafe recognised plumber and your employer has changed, you need to notify your Approved Contractors’ Scheme to avoid your details being removed from the WaterSafe website. You have to be part of a business with appropriate insurance, so your new company would have to apply to an Approved Contractors’ Scheme or add you to their existing membership.

GAS SAFE 

IF I BECOME WATERSAFE RECOGNISED, DO I STILL NEED TO BE REGISTERED WITH GASSAFE?

Yes. Gas Safe registration is essential if you work on gas installations or appliances and any plumber working with gas is legally obliged to be listed on the GasSafe Register.

DOES THE GASSAFE REGISTER COVER WATER FITTINGS REGULATIONS AND BYELAWS?  

No. The Gas Safe Register relates to the installation of gas heating systems, appliances and other gas work only

WHY DO I NEED TO BE A MEMBER OF WATERSAFE IF I’M ALREADY GASSAFE REGISTERED?

WaterSafe demonstrates competency in water supply plumbing while Gas Safe is only for gas work. WaterSafe is one of the best ways to show competency in plumbing and knowledge of the Water Fittings Regulations and Byelaws.

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