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Plumbing health check program



The Plumbing health check program, an initiative of Fair Trading New South Wales (NSW), provides annual plumbing health checks for Indigenous housing providers and their tenants living in rural and remote locations in NSW.

The program is designed for remote Indigenous communities with limited access to tradespeople.

The program aims to provide local communities with a better understanding of the use and operation of the plumbing and drainage systems in their home, and will assist communities to identify basic signs indicating system failure, blocked drains and leaking water mains. The program will also emphasise the importance of engaging licensed contracters, and the impacts of flushing chemicals into the system, planting over sewer and stormwater lines and altering or interfering with existing drainage. Information about appropriate use of drinking water supplies, backflow prevention to prevent contamination and identifying water conservation opportunities will also be covered.

It is hoped that the program will minimise potentially expensive repairs, reduce environmental impacts, and create healthier communities for Indigenous residents.

Abstract adapted from Fair Trading NSW


Fair Trading NSW
Aboriginal Programs Co-ordinator
Brett Cunningham
Ph: (02) 4925 7012
Mobile: 0423 844 286


Last updated: 8 April 2014
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