The Federal Reduction of Lead in Drinking Water Act, which passed in 2011, will go into full effect on Jan. 4, 2014. It may come as a surprise that the plumbing industry, through Plumbing Manufacturers Intl. (PMI), was a primary proponent of getting this law passed, in the spirit of harmonizing regulations across the U.S.
Organizations work together to prepare the industry for the low-lead deadline
The top dome Umbrella for the Cartridge Tank filtration vessel is a molded plastic cover solution that keeps rain and water off the top cap of this POE filter series. It is ideal for parts of the world that do not have basements, where installations are outside. Held in place by provided Velcro, it is removable for easy access and removal of filtration solutions.
The L-40 level switch is ideal for level control in RO tanks. It is compact and rugged, and can be mounted vertically or horizontally. A combination these level switches can be used to function as a high-level or low-level switch. In addition, they are often installed as emergency overflow switches (shown in the photo in red). When used with a latching controller, the L-40 can be used in a pump up/down system.
FC-Cutters are available in 1.5- and 2-in.-diameter options for cutting different pipe sizes. They cleanly cut ABS and foam core PVC pipe. Featuring an extended handle for leverage and easy rotation, the cutters need only to be snapped onto a pipe and rotated once for a precise cut. They do not leave burrs, and each cutter comes with an extra blade. Replacement blades also are available.
No-Drip faucets have a chrome-plated polypropylene HFSL body with ¾-in. 16 UNF threads. They mount to dispensers and containers with a ¾-in. hole dia-meter. They use standard H Line uppers, including the 2-5PSC bonnet and child-resistant Touch Guard upper. Rated for ambient and cold temperatures, the faucets have flow rates of 1.51 gpm. They are ideal for glass, plastic and ceramic beverage and water dispensers and containers.
Made of high-quality, lead-free brass, designer and contemporary RO faucets are now available in Venetian bronze finish. The 12-in. faucet has a smooth operating ceramic disk element, a lever-style handle and a neck that swivels 360 degrees. With a protective spout tip, modular air gap and preinstalled tubing, the faucet retrofits to most brands. It is available in 10 designer finishes and is NSF listed to NSF/ANSI Standard 61 Annex G.
The Bell & Gossett ecocirc wireless circulator system uses electronically commutated motor technology and operates on as little as 14 W of power. A valve is installed under the sink or other water outlet, farthest away from the water heater, where hot water takes the longest to arrive. The valve is battery operated and equipped with an onboard temperature sensor and wireless RF transceiver that communicates with the circulator pump mounted to the water heater or hot water source.
The Close Quarters ASTM F1807 PEX crimp tools feature handle openings up to 70% smaller than standard, providing maneuverability in tight spaces. Available in ½- and ¾-in. sizes, they are ideal for making connections in potable water and radiant heating applications. Features include durable, glass-filled polycarbonate E3 handles; a built-in, Go/No-Go gauge; and an adjustable lock screw. They are made for use with ASTM F1807 copper crimp ring PEX tubing connections.
WaterSense pre-rinse spray valves to help food establishments save water and energy
To help restaurants and other food service establishments save water and energy, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) WaterSense program has released its first draft specification for a commercial kitchen fixture. Water-saving pre-rinse spray valves, which help kitchen staff wash pots and remove excess food from dishes, offer a significant opportunity for energy and cost savings as well.