WaterMark Consultation

The ABCB is responsible for the review and approval of all existing, new or amended product Specifications for adoption into the WaterMark Scheme. The Scheme Rules provide procedures and requirements for development of a new, or amended Specification. These procedures and requirements include releasing the draft document for public comment. This is to ensure all stakeholders are informed of any proposed Specification development and have the opportunity to provide input prior to finalisation of the document.

Stakeholders are invited to provide comment on any of the draft Specifications open for comment. All comments must be submitted to watermark@abcb.gov.au using the WaterMark Public Comment response sheet provided.

Draft specifications open for Public Comment

Draft specifications currently open for comment are listed below:


WMTS-106 Small bore wastewater pumping units

This new Specification sets out requirements for small bore wastewater pumping units – for the conveyance of wastewater from dedicated fixtures to the sanitary drainage system. 

These units are to be installed above ground and designed to function on demand with a minimum activation level and do not include a holding tank.

The pumping units can be of the following basic types:

  • Those for use with dedicated fixtures for the removal of wastewater (grey) not containing faecal matter.
  • Those for use with Water Closet (WC) pans either directly or remotely connected and other fixtures for the removal of wastewater containing faecal matter

The public comment period for this Specification closes on Friday 25 January 2019.


WMTS-101 Appliances (low hazard rating)

A Proposal for Change has been received to amend the Scope of WMTS-101 to remove the specific listing of individual products, thus eliminating the need to amend Scope for every new or innovative product that may require evaluation against this Specification. The products listed within the existing Scope and any new or innovative products will be specified within the WaterMark Schedule of Products.

The public comment period for this Specification closes on Friday 9 November 2018.


WMTS-104 Appliances (miscellaneous)

A Proposal for Change has been received to amend the existing Specification to include pulp disposal macerator appliances. These appliances are used to dispose of single-use pulp containers (such as bedpans, urinals and bowls) containing human waste to the sewer and are not intended to be used in conjunction with a toilet pan or macerator pump.

The public comment period for this Specification closes on Friday 9 November 2018.