QBCC Investigates Aldi Tapware

10 July 2017

Homeowners who purchased Aldi tapware are being urged to be cautious after tap test results have shown potential lead contamination. 

During an investigation into a separate plumbing related issue, the Queensland Building and Construction Commission (QBCC) discovered the potentially non-compliant tapware being sold by Aldi. 

“Our initial test results show that there is a cause for concern, and that the tapware may cause lead contamination of drinking water,” QBCC Commissioner Brett Bassett said. 

“Tests by Queensland Health Forensic and Scientific Services have shown that lead levels are up to 15 times the maximum acceptable level of lead in drinking water, as per Australian Drinking Water Guidelines. 

“The tapware in question is the ‘Spiral Spring Mixer Tap’ (EASY HOME brand, model number NI183ESCRT-AUD), and it’s believed that more than 3,000 units have been sold in Queensland. 

“The QBCC’s Product Committee is aware of the issue, and further testing has been planned, to understand the full extent of the potential issue. 

“The QBCC has also advised the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) of the test results. 

“If you have purchased this product and had it installed, Queensland Health advises against ingesting the water out of this tap. 

“If you’ve purchased the tapware, and have not yet had it installed, the QBCC recommends not doing so until further details can be confirmed. 

“All regulated plumbing and drainage work, including the removal and installation of tapware, should be done by a licensed plumber.” 

To search for a local licensed plumber visit www.qbcc.qld.gov.au