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Pilot scheme launched for reporting defective plumbing

29 Aug 14 The Association of Plumbing & Heating Contractors (APHC) and Severn Trent Water are piloting a scheme to enable approved contractors to report any high-risk plumbing work they come across.

Qualified plumbers can report any defective work they come across.
Qualified plumbers can report any defective work they come across.

Upon receiving a defective work report from a WaterSafe approved contractor, Severn Trent Water will inspect the work. It has the statutory power to ensure contraventions of the relevant regulations are addressed.

John Thompson, CEO of APHC, said: “Plumbing contractors do not currently have an effective means of reporting high-risk defective installations in properties, which inhibits potential enforcement actions and also fails to address companies persistently breaching the requirements of the Water Supply (Water Fittings) Regulations 1999.

“We believe there is a unique opportunity through the WaterSafe initiative to bring plumbing contractors and Water Companies together, to better tackle the issue of high-risk defective work. This pilot initiative has great potential to tackle issues of enforcement and to bring about better regulation of defective work.”

The pilot project is being run through a select number of APHC and WaterMark plumbers operating in the Severn Trent Area and the project will conclude later in the year. If successful, a full reporting arrangement will be rolled out across all WaterSafe scheme operators and water companies.

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