Join WaterSafe with Welsh Water (Dŵr Cymru)

Gareth Harris, Water Regulations Technical Manager, Welsh Water, on why CIPHE members should join WaterSafe.

At Welsh Water, our vision is to earn the trust of our customers every day by delivering high quality, essential services that protect our customers, their communities and the environment. One of the many ways we earn that trust is by ensuring that plumbing installations that we supply comply with The Water Supply (Water Fittings) Regulations 1999, whether that be changes to their existing supplies or the installation of a new supply.

The Water Fittings Regulations apply to all plumbing systems, installations, water fittings and equipment that is supplied from the public water supply and applies to systems in all types of premises. We have a duty to enforce these regulations on behalf of the Welsh Government and DEFRA, which means we can also be audited by the Drinking Water Inspectorate (DWI) to ensure we are enforcing correctly.

One way of ensuring compliance is using suitably qualified and experienced professionals when carrying out any works. We actively support the WaterSafe scheme and promote the use of its members to all our customers. We want to ensure our customers have access to suitably qualified and experienced local plumbers who have knowledge of the regulations.

Plumbers have told us that one of the biggest challenges in joining WaterSafe is having the recognised Water Regulations training. To help with this, here at Welsh Water, we have developed a one-day training course to help qualified plumbers obtain a qualification in Water Supply (Water Fittings) Regulations 1999. In having this training, plumbers can then sign up to WaterSafe free of charge through the Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering.

As a CIPHE Registered Plumber (RP) it has never been easier for plumbers to join WaterSafe. Membership is free for CIPHE members with the necessary qualifications, so all you have to do is complete the CIPHE/WaterSafe registration form available here: www.ciphe.org.uk/globalassets/.application-forms/ciphe_watersafe_2fill_v4.pdf

If you hold a plumbing qualification but are missing this specific qualification, Welsh Water can offer you our one-day training package completely free of charge!

As part of the training, we’ll help with getting you signed up as a WaterSafe plumber by guiding you through the paperwork.

Once you have the WaterSafe stamp of approval, you will benefit from free promotion in your local area from Welsh Water as well as access to free guidance and advice.

If you’re interested in signing up for the one-day training, please complete the expression of interest form available here: www.dwrcymru.com/en/help-advicewater- regulations/ watersafe -plumbers

Alternatively, for more information on the training we offer or details on the benefits of the WaterSafe scheme, you can contact us at waterregulations@dwrcymru.com

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