Are you a proper plumber? WaterSafe launches films to recruit qualified plumbers in Wales and Northern Ireland

WaterSafe has launched a film featuring its plumbing members, water companies and customers to recruit more qualified professionals to its register.

With versions aimed at plumbers in Wales and Northern Ireland, the film sees WaterSafe members asking: Are you a proper plumber?

It has been released to encourage qualified plumbers to sign up to the UK approval register WaterSafe to offer customers a trusted route to qualified plumbers.

It also features Welsh WaterNorthern Ireland Water, the drinking water regulators, customers, apprentices and The Consumer Council in Northern Ireland – who all give their backing to WaterSafe and its members.

The plumbers highlight how membership boosts their business, with a listing on the largest online directory for approved plumbers in the UK, and gives their customers peace-of-mind.

Julie Spinks, director of WaterSafe who also appears in the film, said: “Our new film shows plumbers in Wales and Northern Ireland that WaterSafe membership can help them reach more customers – all with the support and promotion of their local water company.

“Being WaterSafe approved is a great way to reassure customers that you’re not only qualified to do a competent job but also specifically trained to help keep drinking water healthy in both homes and businesses.”

Welsh Water and Northern Ireland Water promote WaterSafe approved plumbers to their many customers, trust them to self-notify certain types of plumbing work and support plumbers with free advice on the water regulations.

Currently only about a third of plumbers in Wales and Northern Ireland are trained in the Water Supply (Water Fittings) Regulations and Byelaws.*

To join WaterSafe plumbers must be qualified, have a recognised water fittings regulations certificate, and be a member of one of the seven Approved Contractors’ Schemes that make up WaterSafe.

In Wales these schemes are: the Water Industry Approved Plumbers Scheme (WIAPS), the Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering (CIPHE), the Association of Heating and Plumbing Contractors (APHC), or Severn Trent Water’s Approved Plumber WaterMark scheme.

In Northern Ireland qualified plumbers can join the Scottish and Northern Ireland Plumbing Employers’ Federation (SNIPEF) or the Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering (CIPHE).

Membership of WIAPS is free. Charges apply to join WaterMark, SNIPEF, CIPHE and APHC, which offer wider benefits and support.

The films can be viewed on WaterSafe’s website and are currently featuring in an online and social media campaign.

For more information on joining WaterSafe, the UK register of approved plumbers, visit watersafe.org.uk/howtojoin.

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