THE Department of Health WA is urging people to avoid drinking or cooking with water from a tap sold by Aldi, which has been suspected of contaminating water with high lead levels.
In a post on its website on July 10 the department said it was still unclear if Aldi stores in WA had sold the Easy Home spiral spring mixer tap (product NI183ESCRT-AUD which retailed for $79.99).
The department said if people were unsure of the tap model, they should contact the Aldi store where they bought the tap for more information.
But the department recommended anyone who owned the tap should replace it as a precautionary measure.
It also recommended people use water from another tap for drinking, cooking and for preparing baby formula until it was replaced.
The department did not recommend blood testing because there was no evidence of elevated blood levels as result of using the taps but said anyone concerned should consult their GP.
Meanwhile, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has confirmed it is investigating the taps.
An Australian Competition and Consumer Commission spokeswoman said the commission had approached Aldi for further information.
She said consumers who had the Easy Home spiral spring mixer tap, advertised in Aldi’s June 10 catalogue installed should avoid drinking water from the taps or using it for cooking until more was known about the health risks that may be posed.
“The ACCC is working with Queensland Building and Construction Commission to understand the extent of any risk posed to consumers,’’ she said.
“If there is a risk that consumer goods may cause injury, the ACCC expects suppliers and manufacturers to voluntarily recall products to protect consumers.
“Consumers who have purchased the particular taps but have not had them installed can seek a refund from Aldi.’’