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Quality of Plumbing Products

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Current Situation

There is no regulatory regime for plumbing products being sold in the New Zealand market.

Our position

• Master Plumbers is concerned for public health and safety. With no monitoring or enforcement framework for plumbing products sold either in store or online, there is significant risk of faulty, substandard and poorly performing products being installed in New Zealand buildings.
• We have carried out independent testing on a random selection of tapware sold in New Zealand. This showed one product to be leaching lead 70% higher than accepted levels in the drinking-water product standard.
• Unacceptably high levels of lead in substandard plumbing tapware is a particular health risk.

We want

The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) to introduce mandatory independent third-party verification for plumbing products and compliance to be enforced at point of sale.

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