Plumbers raise flag over lead contamination in drinking water from dodgy taps

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The country’s key plumbing association has alerted health and other authorities to tap fittings coming into the country which may be leaching lead into drinking water.

Master Plumbers raised the flag after starting some random testing on tap fittings. It said it had been concerned for some time about “the potential for unacceptable levels of lead in imported tapware and pipe systems”.

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Houses houses everywhere, and no tradies to build them

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A raft of new social and affordable housing projects around Wellington could be stymied by a shortage of tradies to build them.

National projections estimate up to 60,000 new construction workers will be required over the next five years to keep up with demand, and the race is on to fill the labour gap before a number of big projects in the Wellington region push up building prices. Read More