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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 Association of Plumbing and Heating Contractors (APHC) is the trade body for plumbing and heating businesses in England and Wales. We represent sole traders working in domestic properties to large companies working on commercial projects, helping installers run professional and profitable businesses.
The Water Industry Approved Plumbers' Scheme (WIAPS) is managed by the Water Regulations Advisory Scheme (WRAS) Ltd on behalf of the majority (20 of 23) of the Water Undertakers in England & Wales; it does not apply to areas that are geographically covered by Severn Trent Water, Anglian Water or Thames Water.
WaterMark is administrated by Severn Trent and in order to become a WaterMark member, a plumber has to show he has been suitably trained as a plumber, that he has adequate knowledge of the Regulations by passing an assessment and that he has sufficient public liability insurance cover.