Lead in water at Perth Children’s Hospital prompts national investigation

A NATIONAL probe into whether toxic lead is leaching into drinking water from plumbing inside Australian buildings is under way.

The Australian Building Codes Board has commissioned a research project to investigate potential sources of lead in plumbing materials.

Prompted by the Perth Children’s Hospital lead fiasco and concern about lead contamination in other buildings, the national regulator was asked to investigate the issue by the Building Ministers Forum, a body of Commonwealth, State and Territory ministers.