Plumbers pro­tect stan­dards

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - STREET WATCH -

WHEN you turn on the tap to pour a drink or brush your teeth this Fri­day, it would be a good time to stop and re­flect on how for­tu­nate we are in hav­ing ac­cess to safe drink­ing wa­ter.

Fri­day is World Plumb­ing Day and while ac­cess to safe drink­ing wa­ter here re­mains as sim­ple as turn­ing a tap, Mas­ter Plumbers and Gas­fit­ters As­so­ci­a­tion chief ex­ec­u­tive Mur­ray Thomas warned au­thor­i­ties to tread care­fully about re­lax­ing reg­u­la­tions to re­duce red tape.

He said the on­go­ing is­sues and pub­lic out­cry about El­iz­a­beth Quay's wa­ter foun­tains re­in­forced the rel­e­vance and im­por­tance of that stance.

“Aus­tralia has some of the world's high­est stan­dards in plumb­ing and our plumbers con­trib­ute daily to pro­tect­ing pub­lic health, driv­ing en­vi­ron­men­tal change and cre­at­ing job op­por­tu­ni­ties for young peo­ple,” he said.

“We are all for cut­ting red tape, but not at the ex­pense of health and safety.

“WA con­tin­ues to en­joy world-class stan­dards of ser­vice and con­sumer pro­tec­tion and we need to main­tain that.”

The MPGA, with about 700 reg­is­tered busi­nesses and up to 90 new ap­pren­tices each year, ex­pects de­mand for plumbers to rise in the next three years, with an up­lift in WA's hous­ing con­struc­tion.

Each of Satur­day's horse races at As­cot will be named with a plumb­ing con­nec­tion as part of World Plumb­ing Race Day.

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