WaterSafe is a free online directory and national accreditation body for competent and qualified plumbers in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
The regional services Welsh Water and Northern Ireland Water both support and promote WaterSafe and will play a key role in the campaign by engaging with colleges and holding events and online forums for plumbers to drive recruitment in the sector.
Julie Spinks, Director of WaterSafe, said, “Being a member of WaterSafe is a great way for competent plumbers to provide immediate reassurance to their customers that they are qualified to do the job and keep their drinking water safe.” “WaterSafe is supported by all the water companies in the UK, as well as the water industry regulator, the Drinking Water Inspectorate. Membership comes with many benefits and in many cases it’s free to join.”
“We’d urge plumbers who are proud of their work and want to find out more about joining, or taking the final training steps to join, to get in touch today.”
Michael McGreevy, Water Regulation Manager at Northern Ireland Water said, “The water we supply is consistently top quality and we want to ensure it stays that way when it reaches our customers’ taps. For this reason, we always recommend to our customers they use a plumber or plumbing business approved by WaterSafe and that’s why we’re working with WaterSafe and its member body, the Scottish and Northern Ireland Plumbing Employers’ Federation, on this vital recruitment campaign.”
James Lees,of Welsh Water added, “To make it easier for everyone to know how to quickly find a trusted, qualified plumber near them, we’re calling on plumbers who think they meet the criteria to sign up to WaterSafe and be listed on its online register.”
To join WaterSafe, plumbers must be qualified, have a water regulations certificate, and be a member of an existing approved contractors’ scheme. In Northern Ireland this can be the Scottish and Northern Ireland Plumbing Employers’ Federation (SNIPEF) or the Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering (CIPHE).
Membership of WIAPS and WaterMark is free and charges apply to join SNIPEF, CIPHE and APHC, which offer wider benefits and support.
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