To create healthier, happier communities we need to ensure that the products we make available to our members are safe. Guidelines, such as the WaterMark certification, have been established for products that dispense tap water to ensure that the water they dispense is lead free and safe for consumption. Products that are WaterMark certified are easy to spot and safety is guaranteed.
The problem of Lead in Water
Lead is a naturally occurring element found in the Earth’s crust. This product can be found in many public and private facilities such as:
- Construction sites
NHMRC Information Paper: Evidence on the Effects of Lead in Human Health, published in 2015, found that old pipes were fitted with materials that contained Lead and also found Lead in solder and other fittings which come into contact with tap water.
Why is Lead Harmful
Lead has found to be most harmful to unborn children when the mother comes into contact with sources of Lead. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO)
Who are at risk in Australia?
The NHRMC estimates that most people in Australia live in places where there are very small amounts of Lead in food, drinking water, air, dust, soil, and consumer products. Most of this Lead is left over from when Lead was widely used in the manufacture of industrial and household goods.
How do we address this problem?
The NCC Volume 3 is specific to plumbing products that are used in Australia to ensure that all plumbing products are suited and safe for their purpose. It highlights an Evidence of Suitability where:
- The form of evidence used must be appropriate to the use of the plumbing product which it relates to
- Any copy of documentary evidence submitted must be a complete copy of the original certificate, report or document
The code mentions WaterMark certifications for products, which includes measures to ensure that our tap water is safe for drinking.
What is WaterMark?
WaterMark is a mandatory scheme for certification of plumbing and drainage products.
All products that are intended to be used in a plumbing and drainage installation must undergo a risk assessment
Any product that comes into contact with drinking water must have WaterMark certification. Which include:
- Sanitary fixtures
- Device and Controllers
- Heated water products
- Valves (isolation, backflow prevention, general)
- Fire service
- Jointing products
- Pipes (metallic, plastic)
- Fittings (metallic, plastic)
- Shafts and pumping stations
Determine if a Product is WaterMark Certified
- Look for the WaterMark seal on the product, which has the specification number and the license number of the product.
- Check for the product’s details on the WaterMark Product Database
a. If the license is not available then the product is not WaterMark certified
CIVIQ’s Drinking Water Stations are WaterMark Certified
At CIVIQ we take pride in our diverse range of unique and certified products that are designed and manufactured with quality and passion. Our innate commitment to quality design, manufacturing, and customer satisfaction means we always use the highest quality components in our products that are subject to rigorous quality assurance tests.
Our commitment to safety and quality ensured we transitioned to brass free plumbing in all our water products which allow us to provide assurance to our clients that water coming through our fountains is lead free and safe to drink.
The high standard of our documentation, processes and manufacturing meant we were able to easily achieve ASNZ4020 and Watermark Certification.
ASNZ4020 is a mandatory test for analysing the suitability of products for use in contact with drinking water, with regard to their effect on the quality of the water.
You can view our certification here: CIVIQ Pty Ltd Watermark Certification.