Letter to the Editor: Ask installer for certification

I would encourage people to ask to see the TQ ticket and phone in the number for verification before proceeding, says Julia Butler.

Facts for people to consider.

  • BC Plumbing Code requirements for persons performing plumbing work in B.C:

(Quoted from Page 6 at:http://www.bccodes.ca/BCPC_Update_04.03.13.pdf )

1.2.3. Installation Personnel Performing Plumbing Work…

1) Personnel performing the installation, extension, alteration, renewal or repair of a plumbing system shall

a) possess a Canadian tradesman’s qualification certification as a plumber,

b) be an indentured apprentice supervised by a journeyman who meets the criteria set out in Clause (a), or

c) be the registered owner and occupant or intended occupant of the single family dwelling in which the plumbing work will occur.

  • Grand Forks Water Regulations Bylaw No. 1973:

10.5 Every Water Meter shall be installed by a certified plumber or qualified contractor retained by the Owner of the parcel and approved by the Manager of Operations.

  • Neptune’s contract, section 3.2 states: The Contractor shall employ a competent Superintendent  acceptable to the City Representative  and ensure that such Superintendent is in attendance at each work site at all times during the progress of the work and shall not change the Superintendent except for good reason and then only after consultation with the City Representative.
  • IF YOU HAVE HAD A WATER METER  installed by someone who isn’t a journeyman plumber or who isn’t an indentured apprentice supervised by a journeyman plumber, you can fill in the Application Form at the link below to have it Appealed:


“Housing Authority” would be the city and/or company that REQUIRED you to do so.

“Appellant” would be you (the Home Owner)

I would encourage people to ask to see the TQ ticket and phone in the number for verification before proceeding. A certified water meter installer IS NOT a recognized certification in B.C. according to the plumbing code.

Julia Butler, Grand Forks

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