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National plumbing assurance introduced

October 2013 sees the official launch of WaterSafe, the UK’s first all industry national plumbing assurance scheme set to re-focus standards within the UK plumbing sector.

Constituting the first plumbing body of its kind, WaterSafe is a new dedicated online search facility and assurance scheme designed to provide recognition for competent plumbers, as well as protect consumers seeking water supply plumbing work and contribute to the safety of drinking water supplies for homes and businesses.

The 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.

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.

The official launch event took place on Tuesday 8 October at the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre in Westminster where key stakeholders within the water and plumbing industry congregated to receive a series of presentations on the WaterSafe launch. It included speeches from acclaimed supporters including Andy Foster, operations and policy director at The Trading Standards Institute.

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