East Sussex plumber celebrates 45 years on the tools

Andy Steer plumber
Andy Steer

Andy Steer, a plumber who runs A M Steer Limited, has been named as one of the WaterSafe scheme’s most experienced members.

Andy started work as a 15-year-old apprentice in 1980. Since qualifying, he has been a member of one of the six trade bodies which make up the WaterSafe scheme, the Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering (CIPHE).

According to a statement, this demonstrates that he is qualified in the water regulations that keep drinking water safe in homes and businesses and has sufficient plumbing qualifications and insurance.

Andy said: “A lot has changed over the years, such as the introduction of plastic pipes, more awareness of cross-contamination and legionella and of course, the introduction of the WaterSafe scheme in 2013.

“I’ve worked hard to keep my skills and knowledge up to date and enjoy the variety the job brings.”

Kevin Wellman, chief executive of CIPHE and director at WaterSafe, added: “On behalf of everyone at WaterSafe and the CIPHE, I’d like to congratulate Andy on his dedication to the trade.

“The WaterSafe scheme exists to protect public drinking water supplies from contamination or waste, which can easily occur through rogue plumbing or DIY.

“By using a WaterSafe-approved contractor, of which there are around 8,000 across the UK, customers can be reassured their work will be carried out by someone who is qualified and competent – and Andy is a shining example of what we like to call a ‘proper plumber’.”

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