South West Water supports WaterSafe
South West Water is supporting WaterSafe, the UK's first ever industry-wide plumbing assurance scheme designed to heighten standards within the UK's plumbing sector.
Constituting the first plumbing body of its kind, WaterSafe is a brand new dedicated online search facility and assurance scheme designed to provide recognition for competent plumbers. In this way, the aim is to protect homeowners and businesses seeking water supply plumbing work, while contributing to the safety of drinking water supplies.
For consumers, the result is that choosing a plumber has never been easier. Bringing together all of the approved contractors' schemes in the UK operated by water companies and trade associations, WaterSafe enables users to source an approved, plumbing business wherever they are and rest assured that their recognised plumbers are fully qualified to carry out the work in their home.
The official launch was marked on 8 October at the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre in Westminster with representatives from the water and plumbing industries and a speech from Andy Foster, Operations and Policy Director at The Trading Standards Institute.
Paul Mitchell, Contracts and Business Development Manager at South West Water, said: "As a core supporter of WaterSafe, we are pleased to welcome its arrival which will help to heighten and consolidate safety standards for the UK plumbing industry.
"With an onus on simplifying the process of choosing a plumber, WaterSafe effectively brings together all UK water company and trade association approved contractors' schemes under one umbrella organisation so that consumers can be assured of having a competent and qualified plumber every time. In turn, 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."
The WaterSafe scheme brings together the seven existing Approved Contractors' Schemes operating in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, and is also supported by all of the water companies and key plumbing bodies in the UK.
Plumbers in the South West Water region who would like to join WaterSafe can do so by undertaking a short training course and examination with South West Water.
Launched on 8 October 2013, WaterSafe is a brand new national plumbing assurance scheme with the aim of providing recognition for competent plumbers and assurance to customers seeking water supply plumbing work.
WaterSafe is supported by all UK water suppliers and owned by the seven existing Approved Contractors' Schemes operating in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland including:
• The Water Industry Approved Plumbers' Scheme (WIAPS)
• Association of Plumbing and Heating Contractors (APHC)
• Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering (CIPHE)
• Scottish and Northern Ireland Plumbing Employers' Federation (SNIPEF)
• Anglian Water's A Plus scheme
• Severn Trent Water's WaterMark scheme
• Thames Water's TAPS scheme
For further information please visit www.watersafe.org.uk.
Published: 10 October 2013
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