Information for plumbers and builders

The information on this page is for plumbers, kitchen fitters, builders, groundworkers, drainage contractors, house builders, and those working in the construction industry.  The construction industry has a really important role in preventing, identifying and addressing the polluting impacts from misconnections and other drainage.  Research has found plumbers cause up to 80% of above ground misconnections.  Kitchen and bathroom re-fits and other house alterations are also causes of misconnections. Some properties have even been misconnected when built.

Customers and property owners are becoming more aware and concerned about the environmental impact of their properties.  Our aim is to help professionals get the information they need to stop pollution, advise their customers and protect their reputation and business.  Please contact us via the enquiry form  if you have information to share.

The Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering  are ConnectRight partners.  CIPHE is the professional body for the UK plumbing and heating industry. It has a membership of around 8,000 including approximately 175 Industrial Associates.  CIPHE is a member of the Construction Industry Council and a licensed member of the Engineering Council (UK).  

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The Association of Plumbing and Heating Contractors (APHC) is a not-for-profit trade body for the plumbing and heating industry in England and Wales committed to helping plumbing and heating contractors run professional and profitable businesses, whilst ensuring consumers have better standards of workmanship and service.

WaterSafe brings together thousands of qualified contractors employed by plumbing businesses from the seven existing Approved Contractors’ Schemes across the UK.  The Scheme is funded by the water industry and is free to use.  All contractors featured on the WaterSafe website are members of an Approved Contractors‘ Scheme that ensures customers get a quality service.  The WaterSafe site has a dedicated online search facility that helps plumbers reach more customers. 

The Environment Agency has produced a number of Pollution Prevention Guides on the following activities, anyone working on construction sites or near watercourses needs to be aware of this guidance.

PPG1 - an introduction to pollution prevention covers the 5 main activities to consider to help avoid pollution incidents and comply with the law. 

PPG 3 - works in, near or over water provides advice on how to make sure your work protects the environment and meets legal requirements, including waste management.

PPG 3 - use and design of oil separators in surface water drainage systems helps you decide if you need an oil separator at your site and, if so, what size and type is appropriate. 

PPG 4 - treatment and disposal of sewage where no foul sewer is available; it helps you choose the correct option for sewage disposal and gives guidance about maintenance and your legal requirements.

PPG 13 - vehicle washing and cleaning  provide advice to help protect the environment when washing vehicles using automatic wash systems, high pressure or steam cleaners and washing by hand.

PPG 6 - working at construction and demolition sites   has been developed in partnership with industry to help those working at construction and demolition sites to prevent pollution

Additional guidance about dealing with Concrete washwaters on construction sites.

Is your site right? a brief 10 point checklist

Go to this link for information about the transfer of private sewers into water company ownership. Many previously private sewers are now the responsibility of water companies and there are standards required for the adoption of new sewers. is an exciting new community that provides a range of resources for those involved in delivering sustainable drainage systems (SuDS).  SuDS help to manage flood risk and water quality and provide a range of amenity benefits that create great places to live, work and play. SuDS are required for any new developments under the Flood and Water Management Act.

The National Association of Drainage Contractors are committed to the development of a national network of certified contractors across the UK & Ireland. They provide guidance, advice and training to promote certified and accredited drainage professionals. 

SNIPEF (Scottish & Northern Ireland Plumbing Employers’ Federation) is the trade association for plumbing and heating businesses based in Scotland and Northern Ireland.  It provides professional and practical assistance to members.

The BPEC group of companies specialise in providing operatives working in the building services engineering industry with the skills and expertise to meet the high industry quality standards.  They work closely with a nationwide network of employers, colleges and private training providers to enable them to offer a range of quality training materials, assessments and qualifications.  bpec/training-materials 

Spill on  is a website that gives information on how to react to an oil spill, what to do, and how to contact a UK qualified and accredited Spill Responder who complies with standards supported by the Environment Agency of England & Wales (EA), the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA), the Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA) and the Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA)

The Approved Document H - Drainage and Waste Disposal section 2.62 sets out the building control requirements to ensure drainage is connected correctly. It incorporates the changes made as a result of the Building Regulations 2010 and Building (Approved Inspectors etc) Regulations 2010. The document also covers all other aspects of drainage construction standards and good practice.  

diyfixit is a website that provides step by step how-to-guides for DIYers and builders including advice on drains and wastewater drains and wastewater 

Yellow Fish has taken place in many parts of the UK and in many countries around the world. It is an active, enjoyable and effective way of raising awareness of waste and water pollution, and helping make local environments cleaner and healthier places. It involves volunteers stenciling a Yellow Fish symbol beside drains as a reminder that any liquid waste entering these drains may go directly to the nearest stream or river, possibly causing pollution and killing wildlife. Read the yellow fish manual. 

Please send us any information, links or guidance that you think may help others address pollution.