Sunday, May 27, 2012

Warning Over Solar Hot Water Systems

AS MANY as 400 households in NSW could be using a solar hot water system that heats water so intensely that people could be seriously scalded and produces discoloured drinking water that may cause skin irritations.

NSW Fair Trading was tipped off to the problems with the Chinese-made water systems, sold by a company trading as Solar & Bamboo and Solar Installations, by a concerned plumber who was employed by the company.

The plumber pressed his employer for more information about the tanks and whether they met Australian standards, but when he was simply told he would be protected from any liability, he quit his job immediately.
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The director and general manager of Solar and Bamboo, Jan Pieter McHeyzer, was convicted last month in Coffs Harbour local court for selling the hot water storage tanks and making false and misleading claims. Mr McHeyzer was fined more than $15,000 as well as being hit with an $11,000 infringement penalty from Fair Trading.

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