What is WaterMark accreditation and why is it important?

The WaterMark Certification Scheme has regulated the use of plumbing and drainage products in Australia since 1988, with only authorised products deemed legally fit for use in plumbing and drainage installations. Until recently, relining products sat outside of the WaterMark scheme, with no accreditation required or regulating authority managing the materials or the manner in which they are utilised in Australia.

As of November 2018, it has been a legal requirement for pipe reliners to use WaterMark approved products, installed as per the Plumbing Standard of Australia AS3500. Products and techniques that sit outside of these guidelines are now deemed unsuitable for use within Australia.

At Sydney Relining, the quality of the products and systems we utilise has been of high priority throughout our 30 years looking after Sydney’s plumbing, always ensuring they are of the highest standard and deliver great value for money for our customers. It, therefore, goes without saying that Sydney Relining happily guarantees that all of our products and systems are approved within the WaterMark Certification Scheme. 

With many systems and products available, developed, and distributed by brands across the globe (check out – Key things to consider when choosing your product), we’re only too glad that our niche industry is being more strictly regulated moving forwards. 

However, as the consumer, you must be aware that the scheme is enforced by the state and territory plumbing administrations at the point of installation, not sale. Therefore products without WaterMark certification can be purchased openly, without any penalty to the supplier. This makes it imperative that you ask your plumber or reliner to ensure the products they’re using are certified.

You can find out more about what products and specifications require certification in the WaterMark Schedule of Specifications and if you have any questions or queries, give one of our relining experts a call anytime.

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