Wash Away those Water Woes

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A public health emergency has been declared in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, which has led to many buildings being unoccupied for extended periods. These extended periods of closure may have an impact on the quality of water remaining in building water supply systems, due to water stagnation.

Stagnant water is a health and safety concern, as stagnation supports the growth of microorganisms and pathogens such as Legionella, and stagnant water may also contain higher levels of heavy metals. Indicators of stagnant water include an unpleasant taste or odour, or slight discolouration of the water.

The Australian Building Codes Board (ABCB) has released an advisory note to ensure the safety of real estate agency building water systems post COVID-19 restrictions to provide advice about flushing water systems in buildings to remove stagnant water. This advisory note is available online through the ABCB (click here).

As Queensland’s regulator for the building and construction industry, including plumbing and drainage, the Queensland Building and Construction Commission believes that the information contained in the advisory note will be very beneficial for REIQ members.

It’s important to remember that all regulated plumbing and drainage work in Queensland must be performed by a licensed plumber or drainer.