First Australian Plastic Piping WaterMark Certification Issued

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NSF Intl. issues WaterMark Certification to Simon Co. for its HIM Safe polyethylene pipe and fittings

NSF Intl. has certified Simon Co.’s HIM Safe polyethylene (PE) pipe and fittings to the Australian WaterMark Certification Scheme for plumbing, water treatment and distribution products. Simon Co.’s products are the first PE pipe and fitting products to earn WaterMark certification from NSF Intl., and Simon Co. can now use the WaterMark logo on approved products and distribute to the Australian, Malaysian and New Zealand markets.

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December 5, 2013

Picking Plastic for Pipe

When choosing pipe or fittings for any water application, the material options can be overwhelming. This was not always the case, though: For centuries, most pipe was made of lead or wood. In fact, the word plumbing is derived from the Latin word for lead, plumbum.  Although the mechanical properties of lead are advantageous for making pipe, its toxicity is an issue. Wood pipe, on the other hand, is nontoxic, but susceptible to leaks. And because wood is soft, people could easily drill into the pipe and steal water.    

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Evaluating the strengths and weaknesses of plastic pipe varieties

About The Author: 

Amanda Fisher, CWS-VI, is product certification supervisor for the Water Quality Assn. Fisher can be reached at afisher@wqa.org or 630.505.0160.

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March 20, 2013
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March 20, 2013
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Abresist Kalenborn Corporation

Abrasion Resistant Pipe, linings and screw pump linings custom engineered in ABRESIST basalt, ALRESIST alumina ceramic, KALCOR alumina zirconium and KALCRET hard compound. For use in hydraulic applications as well as pneumatic systems for lime, dried sewage, etc. Complete piping systems, single components, on-site installation and field surveys for direct replacement. KALCRET-S, sprayable hard compound, KALFLEX wear resistant flexible pipe system, and KALMETALL-TC, tungsten carbide for extreme wear and impact.

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It's All About the Application

Recently I learned that fire hydrants use a color-coding system to indicate the flow rate a hydrant can deliver. Hydrants with light blue-coated bonnets and nozzles deliver the fastest flow rates, 1,500 gal per minute (gpm) or greater, while hydrants with red-coated bonnets and nozzles deliver 499 gpm or less. Coatings are amazing products—not only are they aesthetically pleasing, they also provide surface protection or improvement and can convey important information to the end user.  

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Limit coating toxicity with proper application

About The Author: 

Amanda Fisher, CWS-VI, is product certification supervisor for the Water Quality Assn. Fisher can be reached at afisher@wqa.org or 630.505.0359.

Publication Date: 
March 28, 2012
Activation Date: 
March 28, 2012
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23275

Aging Out

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.

About The Author: 

Kate Cline is managing editor for Water Quality Products. Cline can be reached at kcline@sgcmail.com or 847.391.1007.

Activation Date: 
February 24, 2012
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Legacy
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23232

The First Year of Low Lead

In July 2011, the California Department of Toxic Substance Control (DTSC) issued its first annual report on plumbing products sampled and tested for lead concentrations in 2010. All drinking water faucets that were sampled and tested were reported to comply with the state’s new low-lead law. 

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California checks for compliance with its first round of product testing

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Jerry Desmond, Jr. is West Coast consultant for Plumbing Manufacturers Intl. Desmond can be reached at info@pmihome.org or 847.481.5500.

Publication Date: 
October 26, 2011
Activation Date: 
October 26, 2011
Issue Reference: 
Legacy
Legacy ID: 
23089

The Importance of Fine Print

Recently I purchased a food processor. Before using it for the first time, I read the 18-page instruction booklet and watched a 45-minute DVD. I asked myself, “Why do I put so much time and effort into researching how to use a relatively simple device?” The answer came to me immediately: I have been in the product certification business for almost eight years, primarily dealing with NSF/ANSI 61 certifications.

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Checking connector certifications to ensure proper end use

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Amanda Thomas is certification supervisor for the Water Quality Assn. Thomas can be reached at athomas@wqa.org.

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July 13, 2011
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July 13, 2011
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Legacy
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22897

Plastics Prevail

Worldwide, countless fluid carrying systems in operation today employ highly engineered plastics to provide the essential elements of any fluid system, be it residential, retail or commercial. These elements include fittings, seals, piping and tubing—all of which today can be engineered from plastics due to considerable advances in materials technology and manufacturing processes.

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Plastic components provide flexibility

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Maribel Pagan is marketing communications manager for John Guest USA Inc. Pagan can be reached at 973.808.5600 or by e-mail at maribel.pagan@johnguest.com.

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June 30, 2010
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June 30, 2010
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Legacy
Legacy ID: 
21923

The New Low-Lead Law

With the compliance deadline approaching for California’s AB 1953, Stephanie Harris, managing editor of Water Quality Products, recently spoke with NSF’s technical manager of water distribution systems certification program, Pete Greiner, to gain insight on the new law and Annex G to NSF/ANSI Standard 61.

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Industry Insight: Pete Greiner

About The Author: 

Stephanie Harris is managing editor Water Quality Products. Harris can be reached at 847.391.1007 or by e-mail at sharris@sgcmail.com.

Publication Date: 
September 8, 2009
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September 8, 2009
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Legacy
Legacy ID: 
21073

Anti-Scale Systems

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Watts line of ScaleNet Anti-Scale Systems for residential and commercial applications is the solution to calcium scale in pipes, appliances and other plumbing surfaces leading to higher heating and energy costs and expensive repairs. ScaleNet Systems transform calcium ions into calcium crystals, which are stable and cannot attach to plumbing surfaces. These small crystals are easily rinsed away by the water flow. Benefits include no brine water, no salt, no backwash, no brine tank, no electricity and no control valve for quick and easy installation.

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