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.

AS/NZS 4766:2020 Adoption

See below notice from the ABCB


Dear State and Territory Plumbing Administrations, WMCABs and JAS-ANZ,

The WaterMark Administration has recently adopted a new version of the following Australian/New Zealand Standard:-

AS/NZS 4766:2020 Rotationally moulded buried, partially buried and non-buried storage tanks for water and chemicals

The current 2006 version of this Specification is a listed WaterMark Specification and the ABCB wishes to inform you of the adoption of the 2020 version into the WaterMark Certification Scheme and subsequent listing onto the WaterMark Database. The existing listed 2006 version will remain on the WaterMark Database for 12 months from the date of this correspondence to provide sufficient time for products to be re-evaluated to the new 2020 version.

If you require any further clarification relating to this advice please do not hesitate to contact the WaterMark Administration.

Regards

WaterMark Administration Team
Australian Building Codes Board
GPO Box 2‌013 Canberra ACT 2601

WaterMark: Adoption of AS/NZS 2280:2020

Please note the following applicable specification has been adopted into the WaterMark Certification Scheme:

Adopted applicable specification Replacing
AS/NZS 2280:2020 – Ductile iron pipes and fittingsAS/NZS 2280:2014 – Ductile iron pipes and fittings

The adopted applicable specification has been listed in the WaterMark Product Database and will be referenced in the next publication of the WaterMark Schedule of Products.

As per 8.7.2 of the WaterMark Manual. The following will need to be undertaken to maintain compliance.
8.7.2 –
When there has been a change in the applicable specification, the Approved Certifier shall advise the Approved User of this change. It is the Approved User’s responsibility to renew certification of their product and ensure that products are manufactured to comply with all amendments to the applicable specifications referred to in the WMSP (WaterMark Schedule of Products). Modifications shall be completed within a period of 12 months from the date of listing of the applicable specification on the WMSP. This period may be extended in exceptional circumstances at the discretion of the Administering Body.

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

This is a follow up to post https://certmark.org/articles/2020/03/important-notice-as-nzs-4130-polyethylene-pe-pipes-for-pressure-applications-january-2020/

The WSAA Codes and Appraisals Group have met and included within their Agenda was a joint meeting with Mark Heathcote from PIPA to discuss the status and feedback relating to the recently introduced WSAA specification amendments to BRT procedures for AS/NZS 4130 PE pipe production. 

The outcome was that WSAA’s specifications were amended to extend the maximum frequency for OIT testing from 12 hours to 24 hours.

The revised Clause in WS PS 207 and WS PS 215 is now:

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 24 hours of production for that pipe batch or when a new raw material compound is introduced.

Updated versions of the specifications can be accessed at: https://www.wsaa.asn.au/shop/product/35716    

WaterMark: Adoption of AS 3498:2020

Please note the following applicable specification has been adopted into the WaterMark Certification Scheme:

Adopted applicable specification Replacing
AS 3498:2020 – Safety and public health requirements for plumbing products – Water heaters and hot-water storage tanksAS 3498:2009 – Authorization requirements for plumbing products – Water heaters and hot-water storage tanks

The adopted applicable specification has been listed in the WaterMark Product Database and will be referenced in the next publication of the WaterMark Schedule of Products.

As per 8.7.2 of the WaterMark Manual. The following will need to be undertaken to maintain compliance.
8.7.2 –
When there has been a change in the applicable specification, the Approved Certifier shall advise the Approved User of this change. It is the Approved User’s responsibility to renew certification of their product and ensure that products are manufactured to comply with all amendments to the applicable specifications referred to in the WMSP (WaterMark Schedule of Products). Modifications shall be completed within a period of 12 months from the date of listing of the applicable specification on the WMSP. This period may be extended in exceptional circumstances at the discretion of the Administering Body.

WaterMark: Adoption of AS/NZS 4129:2020

Please note the following applicable specification has been adopted into the WaterMark Certification Scheme:

Adopted applicable specification Replacing
AS/NZS 4129:2020 – Fittings for polyethylene (PE) pipes for pressure applicationsAS/NZS 4129:2008 – Fittings for polyethylene (PE) pipes for pressure applications

The adopted applicable specification has been listed in the WaterMark Product Database and will be referenced in the next publication of the WaterMark Schedule of Products.

As per 8.7.2 of the WaterMark Manual. The following will need to be undertaken to maintain compliance.
8.7.2 –
When there has been a change in the applicable specification, the Approved Certifier shall advise the Approved User of this change. It is the Approved User’s responsibility to renew certification of their product and ensure that products are manufactured to comply with all amendments to the applicable specifications referred to in the WMSP (WaterMark Schedule of Products). Modifications shall be completed within a period of 12 months from the date of listing of the applicable specification on the WMSP. This period may be extended in exceptional circumstances at the discretion of the Administering Body.