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Lead-Free Taps for a Healthier Future

The Australian Building Codes Board (ABCB) has recently announced a transition period for adopting lead-free plumbing products in Australia. In this blog post, we’ll discuss the implications of this change, the benefits of lead-free plumbing, and how you can prepare for the transition. So let’s work together to create a healthier future for all!

The ABCB’s Transition Plan

As of May 1st, 2023, the ABCB has initiated a shift towards lead free taps and plumbing products across Australia. This decision aims to reduce lead exposure in drinking water and create healthier environments for everyone. The transition period will last until May 1st, 2026, after which only lead-free plumbing products will be allowed for use in drinking water systems throughout Australia.

Why Lead-Free Plumbing Matters

You may be wondering why there’s a push for lead-free plumbing products. The primary reason is the potential health risks associated with lead exposure. Health experts have long warned about the dangers of lead, particularly for children. Elevated lead levels can lead to developmental delays, learning difficulties, and behavioural problems. In addition, lead exposure can cause cardiovascular, kidney, and reproductive issues in adults.

By switching to lead free taps and plumbing products, we can significantly reduce the risk of lead exposure and contribute to healthier communities.

How Lead-Free Plumbing Benefits You

Switching to lead free taps and plumbing products not only provides health benefits but also offers several other advantages:

  • Environmentally friendly: Lead-free plumbing products reduce the amount of lead in landfills, helping protect our soil and water sources.
  • Increased durability: Many lead-free plumbing products are made from materials such as stainless steel or silicon bronze, known for their durability and resistance to corrosion.
  • Better water quality: Removing lead from plumbing systems can improve the taste and clarity of drinking water, providing a better experience for you and your family.
  • Compliance with future regulations: As the ABCB’s new regulations come into effect, transitioning to lead-free products ensures your plumbing system will be compliant and safe.

Preparing Your Home or Business for the Transition

At Whywait Plumbing, we are committed to providing the best service while prioritising your health and safety. Here’s how we plan to adapt to the new lead free taps and plumbing requirements:

  • Training and education: We ensure that our team is well-versed in the new regulations and understands the importance of using lead-free products.
  • Inventory update: We are transitioning our inventory to lead-free plumbing products, ensuring that all future plumbing work complies with the new regulations.
  • Client education: We believe in informing our clients about industry changes and how they affect you. We are here to answer any questions about lead-free plumbing products and their benefits.
  • Quality assurance: We are dedicated to offering the highest quality lead-free plumbing products, ensuring your plumbing system is safe, reliable, and environmentally friendly.
lead free taps installed by Whywait Plumbing

The photo above showcases businesses adapting to the new lead-free plumbing regulations. In this example, we replaced older-style taps containing lead with new compliant stainless steel, lead-free taps in the wash-up basins in the kitchen area at McDonald’s Oxenford. We have been installing these taps for the past two years, anticipating the transition to lead-free taps.

The sensor tap visible in the basin is a stainless steel hob-mounted infrared sensor tap. For commercial kitchens, these taps serve as an eco-friendly, water-efficient, and cost-effective alternative when upgrading sensor taps. The advanced infrared sensor technology ensures a sanitary, touch-free operation, making it an ideal choice for public applications.

A Healthier Future with Lead-Free Plumbing

The transition to lead-free plumbing products is crucial to creating safer and healthier environments for all Australians.

At Whywait Plumbing, we’re committed to informing you and helping you navigate this significant change. So we can build a brighter, healthier future for you and your loved ones. If you have any questions or concerns about lead-free plumbing, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We’re always here to help!