Basic plumbing can now be carried out by residents in WA

The state Department of Energy, Mines, Industrial Regulation and Safety has announced that the first stage of plumbing code reform has now come into effect, meaning the public can now legally perform certain basic plumbing work in their homes.

The changes include that residents, or someone who does this task for them free of charge, can now legally carry out work including the maintenance, repair or replacement of a shower head, the maintenance or repair of faucets (not thermostatic mixer faucets) and the replacement of the Washing machine cisterns, replacing water filter cartridges and cleaning clogged fittings or drain pipes using a plunger.

Building and Energy's acting chief executive Peter Stewart said the change “gives consumers the opportunity to carry out certain essential tasks in the comfort of their own homes when they feel safe to do so.”

“Consumers should note that they are only allowed to carry out certain types of plumbing work. For all other plumbing work, you must hire a licensed plumber. “Improper or uncertified plumbing work can cause property damage and endanger public health and safety,” he warned.

As part of the reforms, it will now also be an offense to advertise or create the impression that anyone who does not have a plumbing license has a plumbing license, which includes people who are not licensed to carry out certain types of plumbing work it said in a statement from the government.

It is the first state in a series of sanitation reforms to be implemented across Western Australia. Future changes include protecting consumers from scalding from water that is too hot. A further phase of reform, due to come into force in 2025, will introduce regulations for sanitation work on unmetered drinking water supplies.

These regulations also aim to improve the safety of modular sanitation facilities (e.g. toilet cubicles and portable mining shelters), which must meet national standards.

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