A new scheme is launched today, Tuesday, October 8 2013, to protect homeowners and businesses from cowboy plumbers.
The plumbing assurance scheme, WaterSafe, is supported by Northumbrian Water.
WaterSafe is the UK’s first ever industry-wide plumbing scheme designed to heighten standards within the plumbing sector and give customers peace of mind when they need the services of a plumber.
It means customers can go online and search for competent approved plumbers.
WaterSafe brings together brings together all of the approved contractors’ schemes in the UK operated by water companies and trade associations.
John Devall, Water Director for Northumbrian Water, said: "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."
The official launch was marked today with a prestigious event at the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre in Westminster. The event included a speech about WaterSafe from Andy Foster, operations and policy director at The Trading Standards Institute.
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.
Customers will easily be able to recognise a WaterSafe approved business by the distinctive WaterSafe logo.
For further information please contact Sarah Pinkerton on 01268 664010.
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.