The ABCB has given consideration to whether the permissible lead content in plumbing products in contact with drinking water should be reduced. A Regulation Impact Statement was released for public comment with submissions taken into consideration by the ABCB.
A Decision RIS, which provides input to the decision making process, was considered by the ABCB Board at a meeting in June. At this meeting it was agreed to limit the lead content of plumbing products in contact with drinking water to 0.25%. This has been reflected in the public comment draft of NCC 2022.
The ABCB Board also agreed to a 3-year transition period commencing on 1 September 2022. Nevertheless, on account of immediate advice of this decision being given, around 4¼ years notice is provided. An Industry Update has been prepared to advise stakeholders of this decision to provide industry with as much transition time as possible.