Changes to recycled water inspections

Wednesday, 11 February 2015

The VBA will introduce changes to the recycled water installation regime, in agreement with the Department of Health and Human Services, and the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA).

From 13 April 2015, the VBA will inspect recycled water installations at the commissioning stage (stage three) only. Inspections will not be required for stage one (meter assembly) and stage two (rough-in) from this date.

This change will assist the industry to transition to a new arrangement which will be effective from 1 July 2015, when plumbers will no longer be required to arrange mandatory inspections with the VBA at any stage of recycled water installations (including the commissioning stage). Recycled water installations will continue to be monitored through the VBA's risk-based plumbing audit program.

Plumbers should contact the relevant water authority for details of any inspection requirements coordinated by the water authority.

"This is an important service improvement that addresses the VBA's need to perform inspections based on risk to the community. Over a seven-year period and 80,000 inspections of recycled water installations, we identified the rate of cross-connection was 0.0001 percent," Murray Smith, the VBA's Director of Compliance and Performance, said.

"While the risk of non-compliant installation is very low, the VBA will monitor recycled water installations through its risk-based audit program. By implementing these changes, the VBA will free time and resources to focus on higher risk areas of plumbing work."

The EPA has indicated it will release an amended version of the Guidelines for Environmental Management - Dual Pipe Water Recycling Schemes – Health and Environmental Risk Management on 1 March 2015 to reflect these changes.

Use eToolbox to book an inspection

Plumbers should refer to the eToolbox User Guide for information on how to book a recycled water inspection.

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