WaterSafe is a free online directory and national accreditation body for competent and qualified plumbers in Scotland, Northern Ireland, England and Wales.
It gives customers looking for a qualified plumber access to a list of WaterSafe recognised professionals in their local postcode area.
The WaterSafe scheme brings together the seven Approved Contractors Schemes under one umbrella brand. The scheme recognises qualified plumbers who are employed by a business that is a member of an Approved Contractors Scheme.
SNIPEF operates the Approved Contractors Scheme in Scotland and Northern Ireland. Members of each scheme appear on the WaterSafe register of approved plumbers.
It’s a simple way to give peace of mind to your customers and gain water industry endorsement for your business.
To become a member of WaterSafe, a plumbing business or sole trader must join an Approved Contractors Scheme. The business must be located in the geographical area covered by that scheme.
To join SNIPEF’s Approved Contractors Scheme, businesses must meet the criteria for SNIPEF membership and employ at least one qualified individual who holds their Water Byelaws/Regulations qualification for every five employees undertaking water supply installation work.
SNIPEF Licensed Members are eligible to become WaterSafe members at no extra cost. Eligible members must opt to sign up for WaterSafe – you will not be automatically registered.
To find out more about WaterSafe membership or to opt-in, contact the Schemes department on 031 556 06066 (option 4) or email email@example.com
In addition to WaterSafe, SNIPEF also runs 3 Water Support Services schemes. (*not available in Northern Ireland).
Although these contractors are not approved by WaterSafe, they are recognised by the water companies in the UK to carry out specific types of work in compliance with the Water Fitting Regulations and Byelaws:
Members of this scheme are recognised for their ability to install external pipework in accordance with The Water Supply (Water Fittings) Regulations 1999 (England and Wales) and Water Byelaws (Scotland) 2014. Ground Workers can work on the supply pipe supplying properties up to the internal stop valve. Although no formal plumbing qualifications are required, proof of competency needs to be provided. Ground Workers will be required to sit a BPEC or equivalent External Services Assessment. Alternatively, a certificate in the knowledge of Water Byelaws/Regulations is acceptable.
Catering Installers can install commercial kitchen equipment. Although no formal plumbing qualifications are required, proof of competency needs to be provided. Catering installers will be required to sit a Catering Installers’ Assessment in Water Regulations knowledge or provide a Certificate in Water Regulations/Byelaws knowledge. Courses are being run by CEDA (www.ceda.co.uk) and FEA (www.fea.org.uk).
POU installers can install cold water chillers connected directly to the mains. Although no formal plumbing qualifications are required, proof of competency needs to be provided. The installer will be required to sit a training course and assessment which is run by the Water Dispenser and Hydration Association (TWHA).
To apply for membership of any of these schemes please download the application form by clicking here.
To download the Scheme’s terms and conditions, please click here.
For more information on any of the Water Support Services Schemes contact the Schemes department on 0131 556 0600 (option 4) or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Visit the WaterSafe website for more information.