EF-1500 and EF-6000 commercial-grade drinking water systems can be connected directly to any existing faucet anywhere in the home. The systems filter down to 0.5 µ and remove many substances commonly found in tap water, including lead and chlorine. They are rated at 1,500- and 6,000-gal capacities, respectively, and are available in select U.S. markets only.
Whether you slept through the ball drop at midnight or yelled “Happy New Year!” with your friends and family, 2014 is well underway. With the new year came some new laws that everyone in the drinking water treatment industry we should be aware of.
California Product Registration
Regulatory changes affecting the water industry in 2014
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
Lee Brass increases workforce to meet demands of new federal water safety regulations
The workforce at Lee Brass is being increased up to 30% as a result of the increased demand for its lead-free Lee Free product line. The new federal water safety regulations, which go into effect in January 2014, are driving demand for lead-free water delivery system components. In order to meet that demand, Lee Brass is proactively increasing its workforce.
Tap water monitoring results from samples taken in New Jersey cities showed high lead levels
After finding elevated levels of lead in drinking water in some Paterson, N.J., homes and buildings, the Passaic Valley Water Commission (PVWC) has issued a warning notice to area residents.
The agency said tap water monitoring results from samples taken during September and October showed high lead levels in Paterson, Clifton, Passaic and Prospect Park.
Here are the steps the commission is suggesting residents take:
The consortium will provide education about the manufacture, distribution and installation of lead free plumbing products
A consortium of plumbing manufacturers and industry trade associations met in Chicago on Aug. 30, 2012, at the invitation of the Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors Association (PHCC) Educational Foundation. The purpose of this meeting was to develop strategies to alert and prepare industry constituents for upcoming changes in the allowable level of lead in plumbing products. President Obama signed the federal “Reduction of Lead in Drinking Water Act” into law on Jan. 4, 2011. The bill becomes effective Jan. 4, 2014.
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In 2007, the NSF Intl. Drinking Water Treatment Unit Joint Committee revised the NSF/ANSI Standard 53 protocol for pH 8.5 lead reduction based on a substantial amount of research on particulate and colloidal lead. The research conducted by the NSF task group revealed a great deal of inconsistency in the amount of particulate lead formed from batch to batch and from laboratory to laboratory due to the precipitation of this element from the solution.
Testing and developing a lead-reduction filter for gravity pitchers
Recently, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced it had worked with three New Jersey school districts to successfully lower lead levels in their drinking water. Testing in 2010 and 2011 found elevated lead levels in approximately 8% of the outlets it tested at the Atlantic City, Union City and Weehawken school districts. The districts resolved the problem through a variety of methods, from filtration to replacing fixtures to simply shutting off those outlets. The latest round of testing showed that lead levels were within acceptable EPA limits.