High quality taps and faucets are often made from chromium-nickel plated brass.
Nickel has many desirable properties including corrosion resistance, strength, durability, ease-of-cleaning and aesthetic lustre that make it an ideal material in the manufacture of taps and faucets.
There is one possible concern: a very small subgroup of nickel-sensitised people might experience flare-ups of nickel dermatitis after ingesting sufficient volumes of nickel in food and water. In this context, if water is left standing in such taps and faucets for an extended period, it is possible for nickel in that water to become elevated and contribute to the total intake of nickel.
This advisory note seeks to advise manufacturers and consumers of taps and faucets on how to minimise the risk of elevated nickel levels in drinking water.