Australia's drinking water is among the safest in the world. The Water Services Association of Australia (WSAA) and Master Plumbers Australia (MPA) support the position of the Chief Medical Officer, released on the 25 November 2018 in relation to lead fittings and drinking water.

‘Australia’s drinking water is among the safest in the world and water utilities around the country are required to meet over 250 rigorous measures included in The Australian Drinking Water Guidelines. The Guidelines are among the strictest in the world including acceptable levels of metals in drinking water,’ said Mr Adam Lovell, Executive Director WSAA.

‘To safeguard this high quality, it’s critical that householders and business owners remain vigilant.  Always use a licenced plumber and look for the Watermark certification on all plumbing fittings,’ said Mr Robert Pearshouse, Chair MPA.

Both Associations welcome the work being undertaken by the Australian Building Codes Board to examine the issue of the level of lead in plumbing fixtures in line with international best practice.

The Chief Medical Officer’s statement is available here

Further information on lead in plumbing products is available from the enHealth Statement on the Department’s web page here.

Master Plumbers Australia comprises the Master Plumbers associations across the country. Collaborating with each state/territory, it effectively represents the industry at a national level.

WSAA is the peak industry body representing the urban water sector. Its members provide water and sewerage services to over 20 million customers in Australia and New Zealand and many of Australia's largest industrial and commercial enterprises.

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26 Nov 2018

Sandi Kolbe

Sandi Kolbe

Communications Manager