WaterMark Certification Scheme Risk Assessment Notification 2021/R79

See below notice from the ABCB

Product Assessed: Stainless steel push-fit fittings

Assessment

The WaterMark Administration advises it has reviewed a risk assessment submitted for the above mentioned product. This product is for use with stainless steel pipe, stainless steel tube and adaptor fittings for connection to other pipe materials in water supply systems where the maximum operating pressure does not exceed 2,100 kPa.

The WaterMark Administration verifies that the risk assessment for this product has
identified risks requiring mitigation through the WaterMark Certification Scheme.

Outcome

The Risk Assessment identified the overall risk rating being medium for nominated health and safety consequences incidences. In accordance with the Manual for the WaterMark Certification Scheme, Appendix 3, Table D, any product with an overall risk rating of medium requires WaterMark Certification.

Approved WaterMark Conformity Assessment Bodies will now need to evaluate these products to the most applicable specification. If the identified risks are unable to be satisfactorily addressed through an existing Specification, then a new, or amended Specification shall be proposed. A submission to the ABCB shall be undertaken in accordance with the Manual for the WaterMark Certification Scheme, Appendix 4, Protocol for Developing Product Specifications.

Upon receipt of the proposed nominated Specification the WaterMark Administration will review and verify the proposed nomination which may include a public consultation period as outlined in clauses 1.7.2 and 2.7.2 of the Protocol for Developing Product Specifications.

Issued

9 December 2021

https://certmark.org/downloads/wm-risk_assessment_notification/R79%20-%20Risk%20Assessment%20Notice%20stainless%20steel%20push-fit%20fittings.pdf

Lead free requirements for certain plumbing products

Please see the following notice from the ABCB

Intent

This Notice is to provide advice to WaterMark Certification Scheme (WaterMark) stakeholders about the forthcoming limitation to the allowable content of lead in certain plumbing products.
This change will be given effect though an amendment to the 2022 edition of the National Construction Code (NCC) Volume Three – Plumbing Code of Australia, for adoption on 1 September 2025.

Advice

The Australian Building Codes Board (ABCB) decided to limit the allowable lead content in plumbing products, which contain copper alloys and are intended for use in contact with drinking water, to a weighted average lead content of not more than 0.25%. Drinking water is defined in the NCC as “water intended primarily for human consumption but which has other domestic uses”.

The lead free requirements were set out in clause A5G4(2) of the NCC 2022, Volume Three Public Comment Draft, published by the ABCB Office on 10 May for public comment until 11 July 2021.

Attachment A contains the NCC 2022 Volume Three amendment agreed by the ABCB in November 2021, including revisions resulting from comment received.

In recognition of the impact of this change for industry, the ABCB agreed to a 3 year transition period, to commence upon the adoption of the amended NCC Volume Three on 1 September 2022, to enable the recertification of such products.

From 1 September 2025, clause A5G4(2) of the NCC Volume Three will take effect. Only products WaterMark certified as conforming to the lead free provisions, where required, will be authorised for use in plumbing installations.

Products that do not conform to the lead free provisions will no longer have valid certification and will not be authorised for use in contact with drinking water.

In preparation for this change, the WaterMark Administration will issue Notices of Direction to WaterMark stakeholders which will set out the certification transition arrangements including terminology, documentation, product evaluation, testing and marking requirements. A revised WaterMark Schedule of Products, indicating the products included in the scope of the lead free provisions, will be issued with the initial notice. A certification transition timeline will also be provided.

The ABCB Office will publish a detailed implementation plan to provide industry with as much notice as possible and to assist manufacturers, suppliers, certifiers and accredited testing laboratories with the transition.

The WaterMark Administration looks forward to working with stakeholders to implement this initiative developed to improve public health and safety in Australia.

Further Information

Should any WaterMark stakeholder require further clarification, they should contact the ABCB Office directly on 1300 134 631 or email watermark@abcb.gov.au.


Date of publication: 24 November 2021

https://certmark.org/downloads/Advisory_Notice_Lead_free_requirements.pdf

ATTACHMENT A

A5G4 Evidence of suitability – Volume Three (PCA) 2022
(2) Any product that contains copper alloy and is intended for use in contact with drinking water must have a weighted average lead content of not more than 0.25% verified in the form of either—
(a) a test report provided by an Accredited Testing Laboratory, in accordance with NSF/ANSI 372; or
(b) a WaterMark Licence issued in accordance with (3), if it includes compliance with NSF/ANSI 372.

Notes:
1. A5G4(2) does not take effect until 1 September 2025.
2. Note 1 does not prevent use of products certified in accordance with A5G4(2) prior to 1 September 2025.
Application:
Products subject to the requirements of A5G4(2) are specifically nominated in the WaterMark Schedule of Products.
Exemption:
1. Products that are used exclusively for non-drinking uses such as manufacturing, industrial processing, irrigation, or other uses where water is not anticipated to be used for human consumption are excluded from the requirements of A5G4(2).
2. Products excluded from the requirements of A5G4(2) are specifically nominated in the WaterMark Schedule of Products.
Explanatory information:
1. Some examples of products subject to A5G4(2) include:
(a) Copper alloy fittings.
(b) Stainless-steel braided hoses.
(c) Valves (such as valves used for isolation, backflow prevention, alteration of pressure and temperature).
(d) Taps and mixers.
(e) Water meters.
(f) Pumps (for use with cold and heated water services).
(g) Water heaters.
(h) Residential water filtration equipment.
(i) Water dispensers (such as boiling and cooling units, drinking fountains and bottle fillers).
(j) Fire sprinkler systems connected to the cold water service that are not isolated from fixtures and fittings intended to supply water for human consumption

2. Some examples of products excluded from the requirements of A5G4(2) include:
(a) Shower heads for bathing.
(b) Emergency showers, eye wash and/or face wash equipment.
(c) Pumps used for irrigation, fire-fighting or other non-drinking purposes.
(d) Fire-fighting water services and equipment including residential fire sprinklers.
(e) Appliances, including dishwashers and washing machines.
(f) Commercial boilers associated with heating, ventilation and air-conditioning systems.
(g) Sanitary fixtures (such as toilets, cistern inlet valves, bidets and urinals).
(h) Non-drinking water services (such as recycled water systems).

3. Lead is currently permitted in small proportions in the raw materials used to manufacture some plumbing products. Whilst the allowable lead levels permitted in products ensures compliance with the Australian Drinking Water Guidelines, the use of lead free products is encouraged to avoid the potential for adverse effects on human health.

AS 3718:2021 Water supply – Tap ware, adopted

See below notice from the ABCB

The WaterMark Administration has recently adopted a new version of the following Australian Standard: AS 3718:2021 Water supply – Tap ware.

The current 2005 version of this Standard is a listed WaterMark Specification and the ABCB wishes to inform you of the adoption of the 2021 version into the WaterMark Certification Scheme (Scheme) and subsequent listing on the WaterMark Schedule of Products and the WaterMark Database.

Clause 8.7.2 of the Manual for the WaterMark Certification Scheme states that when there has been a change in the applicable specification the Approved User has 12 months to renew certification of their products to comply with the amended applicable specification. The clause also states this period may be extended in exceptional circumstances at the discretion of the ABCB.

In response to concerns raised by industry during public consultation the ABCB has extended the transition timeframe to comply with the requirements of AS 3718:2021 until 1 May 2024.
This extension will align with the existing transition arrangements for compliance to AS/NZS 4020:2018. AS 3718:2005 will remain on the WaterMark Database from the date of this correspondence until 1 May 2024.

WaterMark Certification Scheme Risk Assessment Notification 2021/R56

See below notice from the ABCB

Product Assessed: Water conditioner

Assessment

The WaterMark Administration advises it has reviewed a risk assessment submitted for the above mentioned product. This product is for use within a cold and/or heated water supply system at its point of entry or at a point of use for the purposes of water conditioning to reduce scaling.

The WaterMark Administration verifies that the risk assessment for this product has identified risks requiring mitigation through the WaterMark Certification Scheme.

Outcome

The Risk Assessment identified the overall risk rating being medium for nominated health and safety consequences incidences. In accordance with the Manual for the WaterMark Certification Scheme, Appendix 3, Table D, any product with an overall risk rating of medium requires WaterMark Certification.

Approved WaterMark Conformity Assessment Bodies will now need to evaluate these products to the most applicable specification. If the identified risks are unable to be satisfactorily addressed through an existing Specification, then a new, or amended Specification shall be proposed. A submission to the ABCB shall be undertaken in accordance with the Manual for the WaterMark Certification Scheme, Appendix 4, Protocol for Developing Product Specifications.

Upon receipt of the proposed nominated Specification the WaterMark Administration will review and verify the proposed nomination which may include a public consultation period as outlined in clauses 1.7.2 and 2.7.2 of the Protocol for Developing Product Specifications.

Issued

28 July 2021

https://certmark.org/downloads/wm-risk_assessment_notification/R56%20-%20Risk%20Assessment%20Notice%20Water%20conditioner.pdf

WaterMark Certification Scheme Risk Assessment Notification 2021/R31

See below notice from the ABCB

Product Assessed: Prefabricated pressure boosting unit

Assessment

The WaterMark Administration advises it has reviewed a risk assessment submitted for the above mentioned product. The primary function of this product is for pressure boosting of drinking water and for maintaining constant pressure to locations where supply pressures are low or for high rise buildings.

The WaterMark Administration verifies that the risk assessment for this product has identified risks requiring mitigation through the WaterMark Certification Scheme.

Outcome

The Risk Assessment identified the overall risk rating being medium for the nominated consequence incidences. In accordance with the Manual for the WaterMark Certification Scheme, Appendix 3, Table D, any product with an overall risk rating of medium requires WaterMark Certification.

Approved WaterMark Conformity Assessment Bodies will now need to evaluate these products to the most applicable specification. If the identified risks are unable to be satisfactorily addressed through an existing Specification, then a new, or amended Specification shall be proposed. A submission to the ABCB shall be undertaken in accordance with the Manual for the WaterMark Certification Scheme, Appendix 4, Protocol for Developing Product Specifications.

Upon receipt of the proposed nominated Specification the WaterMark Administration will review and verify the proposed nomination which may include a public consultation period as outlined in clauses 1.7.2 and 2.7.2 of the Protocol for Developing Product Specifications.

Issued

28 July 2021

https://certmark.org/downloads/wm-risk_assessment_notification/R31%20-%20RA%20Notice%20Prefabricated%20pressure%20boosting%20unit.pdf

Revised WMTS-051 adopted

See below notice from the ABCB

The WaterMark Administration wishes to advise that the following WaterMark Technical Specification has been approved for publication and adoption into the WaterMark Scheme:

Revised WMTS-051:2021 – Toilet douche seats
The objective of this revision was to align the product specification with the PCA in relation to backflow prevention requirements for toilet douche seats

The 2016 version of this Specification is listed in the WaterMark Product Database and will remain for 12 months from the date of this correspondence to provide sufficient time for products to be re-evaluated to the new 2021 version

WMTS-051:2021 has now been published on the ABCB Website, and will be included in the next revision of the Schedule of Products.

If you require any further clarification regarding the publication of this WMTS please do not hesitate to contact the WaterMark Administration.

WaterMark Certification Scheme Risk Assessment Notification 2021/R71

See below notice from the ABCB

Product Assessed: Hydrogen hybrid battery storage system

Assessment

The WaterMark Administration advises it has reviewed a risk assessment submitted for the above mentioned product. The primary function of this system is to convert water into storable hydrogen energy via electrolysis.The WaterMark Administration verifies that the risk assessment for this product has identified no risks requiring mitigation through the WaterMark Certification Scheme.

Outcome

The Risk Assessment identified the overall risk rating being low for the nominated health and safety consequences incidences. In accordance with the Manual for the WaterMark Certification Scheme, Appendix 3, Table D, any product with an overall risk rating of low will be listed on the WaterMark Schedule of Excluded Products and will not require WaterMark Certification.

Issued

25 May 2021

https://certmark.org/downloads/wm-risk_assessment_notification/R71 – WaterMark product risk assessment notice for hydrogen storage

system.pdf

New WMTS-530 & revised WMTS-040

See below notice from the ABCB

The WaterMark Administration wishes to advise that the following WaterMark Technical Specifications have been approved for publication and adoption into the WaterMark Scheme:

•             New WMTS-530:2020  – Water meters with integral shut off valve

                This Scope of this technical specification sets out the requirements for a inline water meter with an integral shut off valve for installation into an existing service valve. The meter may be installed in cold or hot water service pipelines.

A water meter that complies with this standard is intended for installation downstream of the network utility operators property water meter.

•             Revised WMTS-040:2021  – Waste pipe connection outlets and gratings, separate or integral

            The revision of this technical specification was made to include additional materials and to amend references to secondary specifications.

The 2018 version of this Specification is listed in the WaterMark Product Database and will remain for 12 months from the date of this correspondence to provide sufficient time for products to be re-evaluated to the new 2021 version.

Both WMTS-530:2020 and WMTS-040:2021 have been published on the ABCB Website, and listed in the WaterMark Product Database, and will be included in the next revision of the Schedule of Products. 

If you require any further clarification regarding the publication of this WMTS please do not hesitate to contact the WaterMark Administration.

A new look for NCC 2022

Please see the following statement from the ABCB

As part of the Australian Building Codes Board’s (ABCB) commitment to delivering a National Construction Code (NCC) that is user-friendly and modern, important changes are being implemented for the 2022 edition of the code.

In moving from what was historically a print-based publication, to what will become an innovative and agile digital product, the next phase of improvements are primarily to the code’s structure and format. These improvements are being implemented following considerable analysis, research and consultation with key industry groups, and do not change the intent of the code in any way.

The changes form part of the ABCB’s overall long-term strategy to improve useability of the code, and have been designed with NCC users in mind. This needs to have regard to those who are relatively new to the industry and becoming familiar with the NCC as a technical regulatory instrument, those who are using it in their studies and will therefore be future users of the product, as well as those who have been in the business for some time and are therefore familiar with how things have been done up to this point.

To guide users through the changes, the ABCB has developed a range of supporting material, which will be released in stages leading up to the release of the NCC 2022 Public Comment Draft (PCD) on 10 May 2021.

The first stage of supporting materials are being released (see below), which cover NCC 2022’s:

These changes are essential to ensure the NCC:

  • Is easily digested and comprehended by users, encouraging greater adoption across industry. Higher rates of use and comprehension will help lift compliance and improve building outcomes.
  • Can be converted into a range of digital formats, enabling features such as personalised filtering of content.
  • Encourages digital innovation such as integration with commonly used industry software and digital systems.
  • Facilitates contemporary education and training opportunities, incentivising new entrants to the building and plumbing industries to familiarise themselves with the NCC.

What will result is an NCC that is more usable and accessible to as many practitioners as possible, knowing that it will require some adjustment for those who have used it in its current form for many years.

The ABCB will be releasing a range of supporting material and useful resources prior to the NCC 2022 PCD. To ensure that you are kept up to date with these important changes please ensure you are subscribed to ‘ABCB Connect’ in your NCC profile.

https://www.abcb.gov.au/Connect