Important Notice – AS/NZS 4130 Polyethylene (PE) pipes for pressure applications – January 2020

Prompted by a major PE pipeline failure in January 2019 the Water Services Association of Australia (WSAA), in consultation with The Plastics Industry Pipe Association of Australia (PIPA), has undertaken a review of its Product Specifications for Polyethylene pipe.   

WSAA considers that the requirements for recyclate and the current batch definition and Batch Report Testing requirements within AS/NZS 4130 need to be amended and will ensure a review of the Standard is undertaken through the Standards Australia process. 

In the interim the following Clauses have been inserted into WSA PS 207 and WSA PS 215. These specifications are available at:

Clause 2 (b)

The use of recyclate in pipe other than a manufacturer’s own clean in-house production for which full batch traceability is maintained, is expressly prohibited

Clause 2 (c)

The manufacturer’s quality plan shall include within their  batch release test procedures a thermal stability test to ISO 11357-6 to be completed on a sample taken from the inside surface of the first pipe manufactured in a batch of a particular DN and PN and at an ongoing frequency not exceeding 12 hours of production for that pipe batch or when a new raw material compound is introduced.

WaterMark Enhanced Scheme


It is great pleasure that we can announce that the review into the WaterMark Scheme has concluded with consolidated Scheme Rules to be known as the Manual for the WaterMark Certification Scheme.
This Manual will come in affect from the 1st of August 2017.


A Notice of Direction called ‘Improved WaterMark Certification Scheme Transition Arrangements’ has been released from the ABCB with key information pertaining to the transition requirements.


All new WaterMark Certifications will be issued to the Enhanced Scheme. All current WaterMark Certifications will be transitioned over the to the Enhanced Scheme in line with the transition requirements.


Please note significant changes have been made which affect all current certifications, specifically pertaining to surveillance (annual and reaccreditation) to include market sampling, as well as requirements for the potential to undertake product retesting during the course of the certification.


It is important to note that whilst the Enhanced Scheme is still WaterMark, all WaterMark Clients will be requested to enter into new agreements and go through additional stages to conform to the new requirements of the Scheme.


Your Client Liaison Officer will be in touch to highlight any and all requirements that are relevant to you in due course.


In the interim, it is advised to take some time to read through the new Manual for the WaterMark Certification Scheme and the other documentation provided by the ABCB stipulating to the enhanced scheme.


If there is anything further we can clarify, please contact your Client Liaison Officer.


WaterMark Updated Schedules


Updated Schedules

Please be advised the WaterMark Schedule of Specifications and the WaterMark Schedule of Products have been updated.

Note the Schedule of Products replaces the Schedule of Specifications from 1 July 2017.

Changes to both Schedules include:

  • listing of the recently adopted AS 4032.4 Thermostatically controlled taps for the control of heated water supply temperatures
  • removal of AS 1646.1, AS 1646.2 and AS 1646.3 (2000). These standards were incorrectly referenced as they have been superseded by AS 1646:2007.
    Note AS 1646.4:2005 will be removed from the Schedule and the WaterMark database on 2 September 2017 as advised in Notice of Direction 2015/16.1

Adopted Standards

Amended versions (2017) of the following 3 standards have been adopted into the WaterMark scheme and listed on the WaterMark database (WMPD).

As outlined in Notice of Direction 2015/16.1 the superseded versions of these standards will remain on WMPD for one year to provide sufficient time for products to be re-evaluated to the current version.

  • AS/NZS 1260 – PVC-U pipes and fittings for drain, waste and vent applications
  • AS/NZS 4441 – Oriented PVC (PVC-O) pipes for pressure applications (ISO 16422:2014, MOD)
  • AS/NZS 4765 – Modified PVC (PVC-M) pipes for pressure applications.

Database Licence Summary

Due to privacy concerns the listing of Approved User phone and email details has been removed from the Licence Summary report available from the public user WaterMark database.
This information will now only be viewable via the WMCAB and ABCB WaterMark database Administration Portals.

Improved WaterMark Product Database has been launched.


ABCB has notified CMI this morning to advise that the improved WaterMark Product Database has been launched.

The public user version of the database is accessible from the existing location on the ABCB website at

For reference, a short video has been published on How to use the public version of the WaterMark Database

Updated Schedule of Products and Exempt Products for WaterMark


These Schedules have been prepared as a result of completion of Stage One of the ABCB project to review products for inclusion in or exclusion from the improved Scheme.

The Schedules have been published in advance of implementation of the improved Scheme on 1 July 2017 to enable stakeholders to commence transition.

From 1 July 2017, any products whose inclusion/exclusion status has changed must be certified or may have certification terminated within a period of 2 years.

In addition, any or new or innovative products not listed in either Schedule must undergo a full risk assessment to determine inclusion in or exclusion from the improved Scheme.

These changes Can be found at WaterMark Schedule of Products and the WaterMark Schedule of Excluded Products.

ABRB – Issue 18 Released

The ABRB is one of the ABCB’s key mechanisms for delivering and raising awareness of technically based information directly relevant to the building and plumbing industry and the community. This electronic publication provides a means for delivering information on code-related issues that address specific technical matters, contains information on broader building and plumbing regulations, and provides for expert opinions on significant technical and regulatory topics.

The ABRB is produced three times each year and is an information service to users of the NCC.

This is the August 2016 edition.

Visit the ABCB website for the PDF Download

Australian Construction Safety

What benefits can be derived from product certification in the construction industry?

The overall goals of any product compliance function within an organisation should be to:

  1. Understand market and customer needs/requirements concerning product compliance with relevant safety, technical standards, specifications and regulation.
  2. Minimise the company’s legal exposure by ensuring all regulatory compliance and product approval requirements are met.
  3. Minimise the impact of market driven (government/customer) product requirements by providing a resource/ability to confirm compliance with those requirements.

The use of certified, compliant products ensures the organisation and the organisation’s product presently comply and continue to comply with all product regulations, product approval and associated requirements in all geographic markets where the organisation or the organisation’s distributors are supplying product (target markets).

This is particularly important when considering new products or technology as it enable the company to obtain and review all necessary product compliance documentation to ensure product compliance. The organisation can also resolve any compliance anomalies that may arise, and obtain the required product approval(s) and if necessary, establish product Technical Construction Files (TCFs) or product Compliance Folders (CFs).

In the case of product variants and or modifications, certification of a product will enable the organisation to review all necessary compliance documentation concerning the variation/modification to ensure continued product compliance.  Resolve any compliance anomalies and where necessary, obtain new product approvals or apply to update existing product approval(s).

Certification is also an ideal way to incorporate new information in existing product Technical Construction Files (TCFs) or product Compliance Folders (CFs) as required relating to compliance of product variations/modifications (including review findings, record of compliance decisions and actions taken as a result of such product variation/modification documentation review).