Products that impact the quality of Australian tap water are the focus of a revised standard. Requirements on the products which come into contact with drinking water—such as pipes and fittings—have been outlined in AS/NZS 4020:2018, Testing of products for use in contact with drinking water.
“This standard provides a way to test the products which assist the plumbing industry in meeting water quality values which are nationally recommended,” Standards Australia CEO Dr Bronwyn Evans said.
“It helps manufacturers, water authorities and regulators to identify the performance that can be expected when purchasing a product to be used in the delivery of drinking water,” Evans added.
Chris Pipe-Martin, Chair of the Technical Committee responsible for the standard, said, “In reviewing the standard, the committee was focussed on ensuring this standard results in the use of up to date test methods to provide comprehensive and reliable testing of products.”
“Doing so will position this standard as a vital and effective element in the provision of safe drinking water in Australia and New Zealand,” Pipe-Martin said.