AWWA: SDWA Anniversary Cause to Celebrate, 'Renew Our Commitment' to Safe Water

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AWWA CEO David LaFrance thanks water professionals nationwide for keeping water safe for drinking

Dec. 16, 2014, marked the 40th anniversary of the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA), which today includes regulations for more than 90 contaminants. American Water Works Assn. (AWWA) CEO David LaFrance issued the following statement to mark the occasion.

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December 18, 2014

Hoses

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Flexi Hoses for use in water heater and water softener installations are available in ¾-in. CTS by ¾-in. NPSM, 1⁄2-in. CTS by ¾-in.

Avoiding Inefficiency & Liability

Backflow prevention is the unglamorous side of commercial water management — it guards against problems, and is only noticed if something goes wrong. Recent innovations in backflow prevention system design, however, have attracted attention for their improved performance, protection against liability, ease of installation and advantageous lifecycle costs.

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Backflow prevention & pressure regulation help safeguard buildings from disaster

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Ezra Phillips is director of product management for Zurn Wilkins. Phillips can be reached at ezra.phillips@zurnwilkins.com or 805.226.6220.

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August 27, 2014
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August 27, 2014
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The Pressure Is On

Water efficiency and sanitation for a building or campus, whether new construction or retrofit, are best achieved through a whole-building approach, with a proper emphasis placed on connectors that regulate pressure.  

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Protecting the integrity of buildings’ plumbing systems

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Ezra Phillips is director of product management for Zurn Wilkins. Phillips can be reached at ezra.phillips@zurnwilkins.com or 805.226.6220.

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July 18, 2014
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July 18, 2014
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Chasing Gallons

Nationwide, the U.S. loses 1.7 trillion gal of water each year, which the U.S. Geological Survey estimates is equivalent to 16% of treated water never reaching the tap. This is the direct result of the aging and rapidly deteriorating system of pipe and plants that comprise U.S. water infrastructure.

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Water-efficient fixtures help homes find significant water savings

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Barbara C. Higgens is CEO/executive director of Plumbing Manufacturers Intl. Higgens can be reached at bhiggens@pmihome.org or 847.481.5500.

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May 6, 2014
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May 6, 2014
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ASPE, WQA Partner to Promote Plumbing Industry Water Treatment Standards

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Water Quality Assn.
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Through the partnership, the organizations hope to advance the professions of water treatment & plumbing engineering

The American Society of Plumbing Engineers (ASPE) and the Water Quality Assn. (WQA) have signed an agreement to promote and advance three WQA standards for recognition as consensus American National Standards by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI):

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December 2, 2013
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ASPE, WQA Partner to Promote Plumbing Industry Water Treatment Standards

Pipe Joining Tool

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The RP 340 is a small, light press tool for joining copper, stainless steel and PEX tubing, and black iron pipe. It has increased user maneuverability and a service-interval cycle of up to 42,000 cycles. It comes standard with new 18-V advanced lithium 2 batteries and an optional AC power adapter. It offers bolt sensor technology to ensure jaws and attachments are securely connected to the tool. Other features include a quick cycle time, operation in extreme temperatures and jaw rotation up to 270 degrees.
 

Pipe Cutters

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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.
 

Students Partner With Green Plumbers Training Program

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EPA
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Students in Maine fix water leaks and recommend efficiency measures during Fix a Leak Week

The Kennebec Valley Community College (KVCC) and the International Assn. of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO) Green Plumbers Training program are teaming up to fix water leaks and recommend efficiency measures during the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Fix a Leak Week March 18 to 24.

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March 21, 2013

Hot Water Circulator

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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.