ISSUE 16 - July/Aug 2015



• New hot water heater

• REMS Mini-Press

• The No-Touch Flush

• Caroma's New Range


• The Future of Plumbing

• New Apprentice Grants

• A Legionella Warning

• QLD Water Meter laws

• Australian WaterMark

• Gas Hot Water in NSW

• QLD master plumbers

• QLD industry awards

• Australian Standards


• What we've been up to


• This month's joke





A Legionella Warning

A reminder about the importance of ensuring water heaters are set to the correct temperature after a woman in Brisbane contracted Legionnaires disease due to the circulating pump failing in her solar hot water system.


An inspection by a Master Plumber revealed the water was only heating to 40.4 degrees Celsius.

As Ernie Kretschmer, Technical Services Manager at the Master Plumbers' Association of Queensland explains, Australian standards require hot water to be stored over 60 degrees Celsius to inhibit the growth of Legionella bacteria.

“Temperatures around the 30 – 40 degrees mark are the optimal breeding zone for the legionella bacteria.”


For more information visit