Always look for the mark of quality

29 June 2015

With more plumbing products being imported into Australia than ever before, it can be easy to forget that not everything that arrives on our shores actually meets Australian WaterMark standards. And this means that product quality is an issue that every plumber needs to be concerned with.

A Queens Park building company and its nominated supervisor have been ordered by the Building Services Board to pay a fine of $1,000 each to the Building Commissioner for negligence under the Building Services (Registration) Act 2011.

Between March 2014 and February 2015, the offending building company supplied and arranged the installation of 113 non-certified plumbing products imported from China for a 13-unit development in Hamilton Hill. The non-certified plumbing products included various sink mixer taps, shower heads, bath tubs and pop up drains.

The Board found the company had failed to have processes in place to ensure compliance.

The company has since replaced and rectified all of the non-WaterMarked plumbing products used in the development at its own cost.

It’s worth remembering that the National Construction Code and Plumbing Code of Australia states that: ‘Every part of a plumbing or drainage installation must be constructed in an appropriate manner…using materials and products that are…marked in accordance with the WaterMark Certification Scheme.’

That’s why at Reece, we only sell and recommend WaterMark certified products. As you may have already picked up, we’re pretty passionate about maintaining both your reputation and the reputation of the plumbing industry. Which is why we conduct our own ‘Fit for Purpose’ tests. By having proper quality controls in place, we can protect your reputation while offering industry leading Product Guarantees across our range.


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