Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Ensure Solar System Is Approved

Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Ensure Solar System Is Approved

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IF you're thinking of going solar, do your research and make sure the job's done right.

That's the message from Toowoomba Regional Council Planning and Development Services portfolio leader Cr Peter Marks.

With a number of unapproved solar hot water heaters making their way on to the Australian market, Cr Marks reminded residents they could be in for some nasty surprises if they try to cut costs.

aTRC plumbing inspectors are aware that a number of unapproved solar systems which don't meet Australian standards have been advertised and installed in the area,a Cr Marks said.

aThe products promise an easy, do-it-yourself installation, but home handymen need to appreciate that it is an offence to install an uncertified plumbing or drainage system.a

Cr Marks said homeowners were putting their properties and families at risk by attempting to install equipment themselves or having it installed by unlicensed individuals.

aOnly an occupationally licensed plumber through the Plumbing Industry Council can connect the hot water system to the building's water supply. …

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