Water industry supports WaterSafe register for plumbers
The water companies have given their support to WaterSafe, the UK's first ever all industry national plumbing assurance scheme launched this week to re-focus standards within the UK plumbing sector. The initiative, an online search facility and assurance scheme, brings together the seven existing Approved Contractors’ Schemes operating in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.
Recognised plumbers employed by an approved business on the WaterSafe register will need to have successfully completed at least an NVQ Level 2 in Mechanical Engineering Services (plumbing) (6089) as a minimum and hold a water industry recognised Water Fittings Regulations qualification to ensure they are competent and have the relevant knowledge.
Announcing its support of the WaterSafe register, Anglian Water said the scheme will protect homeowners and businesses seeking plumbing work, while contributing to the safety of drinking water supplies.
John Wood, a plumbing and heating engineer with more than 30 years experience and now a Water Regulations manager at Anglian Water, said: “As part founder of WaterSafe, we are thrilled to welcome its arrival which will help to heighten and consolidate safety standards for water supplies in the UK.
"With an onus on simplifying the process of choosing a plumber, WaterSafe brings together all individual company and trade association schemes – such as our Aplus scheme − under one umbrella organisation so that consumers can be assured of having a competent and qualified plumber every time."
“As well as promoting good plumbing practice and compliance with the Water Fittings Regulations, the scheme will help to drive out rogue plumbers and give approved plumbing businesses the recognition they deserve.”
John Devall, water director for Northumbrian Water, added: "We fully support WaterSafe. It will help to heighten and consolidate safety standards for the UK plumbing industry.
"Customers can easily find a registered plumber online with WaterSafe and be assured of having a competent and qualified plumber every time. The scheme will help to drive out rogue plumbers and give approved businesses the recognition they deserve."
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