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Statement regarding asbestos cement pipe

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Statement regarding asbestos cement pipe

The community is understandably interested in how utilities manage asbestos cement pipes.

The effects of asbestos in the water supply have been studied extensively and results show that there is no elevated risk of asbestos-related diseases.

This finding is consistent across the World Health Organisation, the National Health and Medical Research Council Australian Drinking Water Guidelines and Department of Health.

Risks associated with asbestos relate to airborne fibres. Fibres from pipes can become airborne when a pipe is undergoing works, decommissioning or is damaged.

However, all relevant regulations are adhered to when handling asbestos cement pipes under these circumstances, to protect and ensure the health of employees and the public.

These regulations are in accordance with state legislation and national Codes of Practice and Guidance for the management of asbestos in the occupational environment.

Further information can be found on the Water Services Association of Australia website

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