Working on sites with a recycled water service

Thursday, 15 December 2016

For plumbers working on a site that has a recycled water service, knowing the source and nature of the water supply that you are working with is essential. Plumbing regulations and standards in relation to recycled water are in place to protect the health and safety of the public, and plumbers must take adequate steps to avoid the risk of cross connection when working with existing recycled water systems.

Identifying recycled water systems

All recycled water pipework, fittings and outlets must be correctly identified in accordance with the requirements in AS/NZS 3500.1:2015 Plumbing and drainage – Part 1: Water services, and

The VBA is aware that on-site recycled water systems are not always readily identifiable. The most reliable way to identify the source is to turn off the supply to the property at the water meter. At the completion of the work, the water service must be tested for any cross-connection prior to commissioning.

Additional cross connection check for Victorian schools

For any plumbing work conducted on a water supply at a Victorian school (whether it be drinking water or recycled water) the plumbing practitioner is advised to undertake a cross connection check in all instances and to include relevant details on the compliance certificate demonstrating that a cross-connection check has been conducted.

For further information including a recommended test and commissioning procedure, please refer to Technical Solution Sheet 91.02: Recycled Water - Recycled Water non drinking water supply.

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