Devices used for filtration of residential water sold in Australia and New Zealand are required to comply with the relevant Australian/New Zealand standard and bear the WaterMark Certification logo.
These devices are considered part of the plumbing supply (even gravity fed systems) and thus are governed by the plumbing code. Historically each Australian state and territory had their own local plumbing code, which for some product types could require registration in each territory, causing delay and additional costs. The local plumbing codes evolved differently, creating conflicting requirements between the various Australian territories and states. Due to these differences, Australia undertook the challenge of creating one unified Plumbing Code known as the PCA (Plumbing Code of Australia). The PCA ensures all products undergo the same set of criteria and ensure safety of the drinking water and plumbing supply.
The WaterMark Certification Scheme was then introduced to have one certification mark for products in the plumbing supply. This eased confusion for plumbers and regulators, allowing them at a glance to determine if the product for installation was compliant with the PCA requirements through the WaterMark logo. The WaterMark Certification Scheme was managed by Standards Australia for many years; however, as the PCA and the Australian Building Codes Board (ABCB) evolved, management of WaterMark Certification Scheme now resides with the ABCB.
The involvement of the ABCB and shift away from Standards Australia does not change any of the WMCS certification requirements or standards; the shift was done to allow for the Australian standards to be updated more frequently and to develop new standards for innovative products.
The process to obtain the WMCS through NSF has not changed and is still conveniently based upon the NSF/ANSI standards. This allows NSF certified manufacturers to apply current test data towards the WaterMark Certification.
To learn more about the WaterMark Certification Requirements please contact email@example.com or your NSF Certification Project Manager.