ISSUE 8 - feb/march 2014

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• World Plumbing Day

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• MPAQ Events for 2014

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• Queensland water supply concerns

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Concerns over the Queensland water supply

The Master Plumbers’ Association of Queensland (MPAQ) has raised concerns about the state's water supply.

In a recent press release on their website, the MPAQ said:
"The Queensland Government is moving ahead with amendments to the Water Supply Services Legislation which will allow unlicensed persons to install water meters, putting at risk the health and safety of the community."

Currently only licensed plumbers are allowed to install water meters.


The Master Plumbers’ Association of Queensland (MPAQ) President, Mr Kelvin Slade said, “Every Queenslander should be concerned about these proposed changes. Why would we a allow big business to risk community safety for the almighty buck? Inventing and changing legislation to please water service providers is red tape propagation.”

The State Government claims this amendment will save time and money for service providers and developers.


But the MPAQ wants to know at what cost to the community?

It says if Water Service Providers are allowed to appoint their own unlicensed person to install water meters, Queensland’s water supply will be at risk of contamination through poor installation and maintenance, potentially leading to disease and microbial outbreaks.


For further information contact: Ernie Kretschmer - Master Plumbers’ Association of Qld 07 3273 0800 / 0418 780 351


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