Look for the WaterMark
What is WaterMark?
The WaterMark Certification Scheme is a mandatory Scheme for plumbing products to ensure they meet the health, safety and fit for purpose requirements of the Plumbing Code of Australia. Products covered by the Scheme are evaluated and certified against an applicable product specification and then listed on the WaterMark Product Database.
Does your plumbing product need WaterMark?
The Plumbing Code of Australia requires any plumbing product of a type listed on the WaterMark Schedule of Products to be WaterMark certified before it can be installed by a licensed plumber.If a product listed on the WaterMark Schedule of Products is to be installed in Australia, including those purchased via online stores like eBay and Amazon, the product must be:
• WaterMark certified;
• marked with the WaterMark trademark, WaterMark licence number and the applicable product specification;
• listed on the WaterMark product database; and
• provided with a Scope of Use statement specifying its intended use.
Any associated product packaging and promotional material must also be marked with the WaterMark trademark and licence number.
WaterMark certification protects community health and safety. A certified product is fit for purpose, authorised for installation and suitable for use by you, your family and your friends.
What about installation?
It is legal to sell non-WaterMark certified plumbing and drainage products in Australia. However, if the product type is listed on the WaterMark Schedule of Products, but is not WaterMark certified, a licensed plumber is not permitted to install it.
Also, if a non-WaterMark certified product is installed where a WaterMark certified product is required by the Plumbing Code of Australia, the local plumbing authority may not accept the installation.
Some consequences of not using WaterMark certified products where required include:
• product failure resulting in possible contamination of domestic and community water supply
• costs of replacing materials
• product failure resulting in possible building damage and loss
• possible voided insurance.
For these reasons it’s important that you LOOK for the WaterMark on products and packaging before purchasing to ensure the product is certified and authorised for installation. If you’re buying online, ask the supplier for this information if it’s not available on the website.
Plumbing products should be installed by a licensed plumber so that the installation complies with the Plumbing Code of Australia. Check with your local plumbing authority to ensure your plumber is appropriately licensed to undertake the work. Plumbing work being undertaken by unlicensed people can attract penalties from your local plumbing authority.
Want to confirm WaterMark certification?
Search the WaterMark product database to confirm the product you want to buy or install is WaterMark certified.
You can search by:
• WaterMark licence number;
• product type, brand name, model name or model ID; or
• licensee name.
The ABCB video Using the Product Database provides guidance on navigating the database.
Can’t find the product? Request the certification information from the source of supply before you buy or install it.
Found something illegal?
If you suspect that a product is not WaterMark certified or is labelled incorrectly, report it.
Need more information?
Find out more from these 2 short videos:
What is WaterMark? – explains the Scheme and its purpose (1 minute 55 seconds)
What requires WaterMark? – describes the types of products that require WaterMark certification and also how to know if a product has been certified (3 minutes 12 seconds)